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->''"Psst! It's just like a puppy. A giant, scaly, spore-spewing puppy, but still..."''
-->-- '''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sticks the Jungle Badger]]''' about [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Gore Magala]], ''[[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite Sonic Boom #10]]''

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 FluffyTheTerrible. 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 WhatMeasureIsANonCute or hold it in completely opposite regard than your average person. The main drawback of such a pastime seems to be having to [[HandsOffMyFluffy deal with consequences]] of {{Muggles}} and {{Idiot Hero}}es freaking out when they see a beast and mistake Fluffy Tamer for DistressedDamsel or something. [[OverusedRunningGag Repeatedly]].

Such characters are frequently a FriendToAllLivingThings. 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 NightmareFetishist, who finds beauty in all things terrifying.

A surefire sign of a Fluffy Tamer is speaking to such ravaging beasts in BabyTalk and ''not'' getting eaten. If the FluffyTamer works by being terrifying to all animals, she's less likely to call him Fluffy and more likely to [[AndCallHimGeorge name him George]]. Compare AdmiringTheAbomination, where the character is more impressed than afraid of Fluffy's acid spit and fifteen-inch fangs; contrast AnimalsHateHim, who may ''think'' they're good with animals but really aren't.

See also NightmareFetishist, TheBeastmaster, DomesticatedDinosaurs. Has nothing to do with [[Creator/GabrielIglesias a guy named Fluffy]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* There is a story arc in ''Manga/ChocottoSister'' 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.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Misty is known to adore all Water Pokémon, finding even Tentacruel beautiful. The only Water Pokémon she ever disliked was Gyarados, due to having crawled straight ''into the mouth'' of a sleeping Gyarados as a baby. A spinoff episode later in the series shows her overcoming this fear. After that, she not only battles with the same Gyarados that originally traumatized her, but also ''kisses its Poké Ball'' before throwing it. Her Fluffy Taming doesn't extend beyond Water Pokémon however. She finds Bug Pokémon repulsive.
** Alder in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' 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.
** Bonnie of all people in ''Anime/PokemonXY'' is this. She calls what some would find terrifying to be cute (like say, a Dusclops). While she is not a trainer due to her young age, she manages to befriend a baby tyrannosaurus rex equivalent of Pokémon and ''evolve'' it. And then there's a fact that she's taking care of a ''Legendary Pokémon''.
** James seems to be particularly fond of carnivorous or otherwise dangerous Grass-type Pokemon, and vice-versa.
* Kukuri of ''Manga/MagicalCircleGuruGuru'' 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.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''
** 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 [[TearJerker 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.
* ''Manga/OnePiece:''
** Luffy finds a huge foreboding three-headed dog on one of his adventures and decides to tame it. Afterward, Luffy is later seen triumphantly riding his tamed pet. The sequence goes something like this:
--->'''Luffy:''' Okay. Shake.\\
''All three heads of the dog bite Luffy. No really.''\\
'''Luffy (soothing tone):''' Good dog. Now let go. Slowly. Carefully...\\
''Three-headed dogs confused at his calm tone slowly let him go.''\\
'''Luffy (smashing them into a wall):''' You bastard!\\
'''Luffy (to the now unconscious dog):''' Shake.
** Robin found the dog to be cute, putting her in line with this. A chapter cover also shows Robin preferring a scarred wolf over a cute seal and the opening chapters of the Zou arc have her internally gushing at how cute a dragon drawn by terrible artist Kanjuro is.
** A minor incident occurs on Jaya, when Usopp happily [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbNk7Am44c0 plays with a tarantula]] that freaks out Nami and Sanji. Especially noteworthy seeing as Usopp is [[CowardlyLion absolutely terrified of]] ''[[CowardlyLion everything else]]''.
** On the way to Fishman Island, Luffy feels an irresistible urge to tame an enormous octopus named [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]]. Knowing Luffy... it should come as no surprise he pulls it off.
** Luffy's new Haki abilities seem to give him this power as a bit of a secondary effect. That tends to happen when you're taught to stare at people in a way that tells even the most hardened criminal to shut the hell up and do what they're told. Or simply knock them unconscious depending on the strength of your 'will' vs. their's.
* Konoka of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' had this sort of reaction to a dragon once.
* While her personality is rather unlikable to others, Machi from ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'' is beloved by her Shikigami, who she treats as friends when all other summoners consider them mere tools. Machi's great-grandmother Yashiro is the same.
* While perhaps more of a KillerRabbit Tamer, Tamako of ''Anime/DennouCoil'' is the controller of the [[ImplacableMan 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.
%% Manga/AstroBoy's sister, [[RobotGirl Uran]].
* Mizuki of ''Manga/{{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 ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' was born with the ability to summon not one, but two dragons. One of them, "Voltaire", is said to be a dragon ''god''. Against the odds, she manages to befriend both of them and becomes able to call on them in times of need.
* Misao Nanjo from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' has among her menagerie 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 ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', [[HeadlessHorseman Celty]] turns out to have named her massive, undead, headless horse-turned-motorcycle [[FluffyTheTerrible Shooter]]. She thinks the way it terrifies random passers-by on the street is adorable.
* In Episode 13 of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', 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, [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics 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 ''Manga/{{Softenni}}'', the tennis club is attacked by a [[BearsAreBadNews 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.
* MadScientist Hanji Zoe attempts this with her test subjects in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', giving them names and treating them like adorable pets. They're [[HumanoidAbomination definitely]] [[KillAllHumans not]] tamable, but it doesn't stop her from trying.
* [[LightIsNotGood Light]] [[MagnificentBastard Yagami]] of ''Manga/DeathNote'' 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 [[SerialKiller anyone]] [[ManipulativeBastard particularly]] [[ItsAllAboutMe well]], and eventually [[spoiler:his [[ChekhovsGun treatment of Ryuk]] and tendency to forget who he's dealing with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bites him in the butt]] -- making this a definite [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]]].
* Kodachi Kuno of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has a pet alligator called [[FluffyTheTerrible Mr. Green Turtle]]. She's also been seen feeding a shark like a koi.
* ''Literature/DemonCityShinjuku''. 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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/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 [[spoiler: he's half-dragon]].
* ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures:''
** In one 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 [[HeroesGoneFishing 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, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthrus the other one may have been Orthrus.]]
* When she and Carnage first encountered the Doppelganger, ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' 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 BackFromTheDead, mostly due the photorealistic approach the artist took.
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite'', Sticks manages to calm down an angry [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Gore Magala]] after it tears the [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 X Hunters]] apart, simply by speaking gibberish to it. She decides to take it home and [[SummonBiggerFish throw it at Sigma]].
* An early issue of ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' depicted Rita Farr in giantess form cuddling and cooing over lions and tigers like they were tame housecats. Little wonder she was an amazing mom to a kid who could shape-shift into any critter he could think of.
* Gabby in ''[[Comicbook/{{X 23}} All-New Wolverine]]'': [[FluffyTheTerrible Jonathan the wolverine]] is a snarling, bad-tempered ball of fur and fangs that Comicbook/SquirrelGirl drops off at Laura's apartment. He proves a handful for Doreen to cart around, and even snarls and snaps at ''Laura''. Gabby, however, {{squee}}s and takes an instant liking to him, and adopts him as a pet.
* ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'': Lagoon Boy shows up in Gotham with his new pet "Spotty", a giant fish-crustacean mashup with several rows of serrated teeth and tentacles, that he found near a deep sea trench. It probably helps that he's displayed some level of marine-telepathy à la ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/EnemyOfMyEnemy'' has Little Sarah Jennings, who effortlessly befriends a Hunter pair to the point where they [[spoiler:once abandon their post to save her from a Brute pack. Also, when the two are [[LastStand killed by overwhelming odds]], the last one's final thoughts are of her]].
* Lezaford in ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' managed to have a '''dragon''' as a loyal pet.
* Played for laughs in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4145459/1/The-Horror-The-Horror The Horror! The Horror!]]'', where Harry moves to Africa to start a potion-supply business and routinely handles animals ranging from dragons to a manticore to a Nundu.
* ''FanFic/TheTwilightChild'': Princess Luna is one in regards to Cerberus (see Western Animation below), whom she treats like a puppy (and also calls him "Kirby").
* ''FanFic/KyoshiRising''; Princess Miyaki gets it into her head that Kyoshi must tame a dragon to please RenownedSelectiveMentor Lady Sho. While touring stables in search of some other animal for Kyoshi to "practice" on, they come across a shirshu who had been captured and was causing problems. After Kyoshi calms the beast, it takes a liking to her and starts following her around. They bond, Kyoshi naming her Isra while Miyaki muses on whether or not it's the Avatar's spirit animal.
* ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'': [[spoiler: Danielle]], having dealt with strays while living on the streets, [[spoiler: is instantly able to turn Wulf ]] into her loyal pet with a few belly rubs.
* Veonica Weasley of the ''Fanfic/WeasleyGirl'' series, is a literal FluffyTamer, as she befriends Fluffy the Cerberus.
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1064058/chapters/2134190 House Hunting]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' My mother owned an owl?\\
'''Remus:''' Yes, an owl that was truly the incarnation of evil itself. Completely black with a gaze that frightened everyone. She called him Precious. We called him Monster.
* In FanFic/TheMansionverse, the Ghost Host was one when he was alive, having such [[PetMonstrosity Pet Monstrosities]] as a man-eating bat, an elephant and an equally carnivorous octopus ([[http://haunted-mansion-fandom.wikia.com/wiki/PHU_DA_005 whom he likes to hug]]).

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' 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, BigBad Drago controls dragons by dominating them through sheer force of will and cowing them into submission.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', 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 ''[[Film/GiantMonsterGamera Gamera The Invincible]]'' has a little boy named [[BrattyHalfPint 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 ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''. He was suitably pissed when Conan and friends hacked off its head.
* In the Russian movie ''PolosatyReys'' (''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 [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]], it's revealed that the guy who cried after Luke Skywalker killed the Rancor in ''Franchise/StarWars [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI: Return of the Jedi]]'' was one of these.
** That same supplemental material reveals that Rancors are FluffyTheTerrible of the GentleGiant variety; they're sort of like big, lovable 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 ''Film/TheJungleBook'', Mowgli is this. The end of the film centers on him [[spoiler: being able to look into Shere Khan's eyes and stop him in his tracks]].
* The film of ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' 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 ''Film/JurassicWorld''; he's a ''Velociraptor'' behavior specialist, and he's trained a pack of them to act like his personal hunting dogs. However, it's made quite clear that the raptors (Blue, Echo, Delta, and Charlie) are less like domesticated dogs and more like lions, barely restrained and always on the verge of attack. Even Owen, who has been [[{{Imprinting}} imprinted]] and raised them from birth, states that his whole relationship with the raptors is based on mutual respect and trust, which he's constantly striving to maintain as their TeamDad alpha.
* In ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', Newt Scamander doesn't tame them ''per se'', but is supremely talented at handling all manner of magical creatures. One of the beasts that he gives free run of his enclosure is a Nundu, a supremely dangerous plague-breathing feline that ordinarily takes a full hundred wizards to subdue -- ten times more than a mature dragon.

* In N.D. Wilson's ''Ashtown Burials'' series, Jax is a tiny twelve-year-old who lives in the Crypto Wing of the Ashtown Zoo. It's full of mutant creatures so dangerous that no one else will go near them, but Jax can't bear to stay away. Mind you, he doesn't so much ''tame'' them as feed them and clean their cages while wearing full body armour. He does know how to steer a giant, immortal, venomous turtle, though.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Rubeus Hagrid has raised a giant spider (Aragog), a baby dragon (Norbert), and a three headed dog (Fluffy). He breeds the aggressive and dangerous Blast-Ended Skrewt hybrids and would never believe that anybody doesn't love them as much as he does -- and he tends to underestimate how dangerous they can be. Hagrid's half-giant heritage grants him some natural strength and dexterity for dealing with dangerous creatures but it constantly gets him into trouble. Tom Riddle used Aragog to frame Hagrid for opening the Chamber of Secrets and Hagrid receives some bad publicity from the Skrewts, which threatens his job as the professor of the Hogwarts course, 'Care of Magical Creatures'.
** Newt Scamander was a wizard who had a ''very'' large collection of magical beasts and even published the definitive compendium on ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem''. He had a great deal of ''respect'' for the creatures he studied, but very little in the way of fear.
* Lady Sybil Ramkin from ''Literature/{{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 [[CatsAreMean 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 ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' (said vampire was in bat form at the time), and the other one in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' 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 she did in ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight''. 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 ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', [[KnowledgeBroker Talon Karrde]] keeps a pair of vornskrs, [[GratuitousGerman 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 [[HumanAliens 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 ''Literature/TheForgottenBeastsOfEld'', Sybel's collection includes some monstrous beasts, including the Dragon Gyld and Gules Lyon.
* In ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the Fremen use special hooks to tame and ride [[SandWorm Sand Worms]].
* In Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick's ''Max and Me and the Time Machine'', the Earl of Hampshire's daughter Lady Elizabeth keeps an ill-tempered, vicious falcon named ''Fluff-ums''.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the Stark children (including Ned Stark's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son Jon Snow]]) each adopt a direwolf pup of their own near the beginning of the series when a litter of direwolf pups are found by the two eldest kids, Robb and Jon. The six pups quickly grow into powerful beasts the size of small ponies, proving to be [[UndyingLoyalty loyal companions]] to each of the six Stark kids, Stark family, and their friends but the wolves can be hostile to anyone posing a threat to their masters or the family. Robb calls his pup "Greywind," Jon calls his pup "Ghost," Sansa names hers "Lady," Arya calls hers "Nymeria," Bran names his "Summer," while Rickon calls his pup "Shaggydog." Each direwolf pup and child share personality traits and a strong bond. The pups also have a strong connection to each other, also representing the bonds each of the six kids have to one another. Each of the kids (aside from [[spoiler:Sansa, who lost her wolf early]]) are powerful wargs with their wolves.
** Daenarys Targaryen hatches three dragon eggs at the end of the first book and names them "Drogon," "Rhaegal" and "Viserion," regarding them as her children. Like the direwolf pups, the dragon hatchlings also grow rather quickly and prove loyal to her. Unfortunately for Daenarys, she has trouble taming them because of their increased aggression and taste for [[spoiler:human flesh]].
* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has the [[HellHound Hounds of Shadow]], a pack of pony-sized vicious [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin magical hounds]], whom Tulas Shorn claims to have been the original master of. The prequel, the ''Literature/KharkanasTrilogy'', reveals how it happened: having been presented with a pack of half-wild wolf-shapeshifting pups as war tribute, [[HeroicAlbino 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.
* Savannah Drysdale from the ''Literature/{{Swindle}}'' series calls Luthor, a fierce ex-guard dog, "Sweetie" and seems oblivious to the havoc he could potentially wreak.
* Rob Korrigan of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' is a Dinosaur Master, a job which entails taming, training and preparing dinosaurs. He loves them all fiercely, to the point of crying when he sees them wounded.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* DuelingShows ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' and ''Series/TheMunsters'' 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.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In "The Night Lands," Sam appears to be the only person Ghost will listen to besides Jon.
* ''Series/NightCourt'' 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'."
* Vicki Pallister from ''Series/DoctorWho''. Much to the Doctor's consternation, she finds a tame Zarbi "cute", and even christens it "Zombo". Unfortunately this works against her in her first episode, when Barbara mistakes her beloved pet Sandy for a threat and shoots him.

[[folder:Mythology and Legend]]
* St. Francis of Assisi and the Wolf of Gubbio.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** Most editions have various "Beastmaster" kits. Naturally raising UpToEleven in settings like ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'', where a dumb lizard the size of a house is but one of many usual means of transportation and the desert has [[DeathWorld more than enough]] powerful beasts and semi-sentient monsters one could persuade to cooperate.
** [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent A nereid]] often has a pet, their taste in pets being Fluffy-like {{Sea Monster}}s, like giant squids, eels, and possibly even dragon turtles.
** 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the Goliath Druid, a Druid archetype who can only get dinosaurs or megafauna (other giant prehistoric animals) as animal companions and can only affect animals at least in the Large size category with wild empathy.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ARKSurvivalEvolve'' you can tame T-rexs and call them fluffy.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' has an NPC standing outside Amity Park (which only admits "cute" Pokémon) complaining about discrimination against his Steelix.
** Thanks to the complete aversion of WhatMeasureIsANonCute any Pokémon trainer can become one of these. Want to raise a giant fire-breathing dragon and call it Snookums? Sure, why not? The embodiment of nightmares? A Pokemon doesn't mind at all what its nickname is. Player Characters will be Player Characters. However the Tamer Class among {{NPC}}s is the closest to this trope.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' brings it to the logical extreme with Pokémon-Amie. From the tiniest kitten-like critter to gigantic, snarling behemoths, all are fair game for petting, cuddling, playing and feeding Puffs.
* Pet classes in [=MMOs=] will often count. For example, Hunters from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' can tame things like Devilsaurs and Core Hounds.
** An [=NPC=] example is Watcher Leesa'oh at the Cenarion Watchpost in Zangarmarsh, who gushes over her beloved tiger, Buddy.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', Dr. Isaac Kleiner keeps a "de-beaked" headcrab as a pet. Its name is [[StealthPun Lamarr]].
* In the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, the job classes ''Beastmaster'' and ''Trainer'' are precisely this, able to tame wild monsters from that cute little flying kitty to that rampaging three-headed hydra. The ''Mediator''/''Orator'' class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' can even learn the "Tame" and "Beast Tongue" abilities to use while equipping another class, and they only work on animals, leading to situations where a tiny White Mage is backed up by her new pet, the Dark Behemoth.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' has a monster taming mechanic. Serah will often praise the Mon party member with an affectionate "Good boy!", regardless of what the monster is, be it a cute kitten in a jar, a chocobo, or a ''behemoth''.
** ...[[OverlyLongGag or]] the old guy who flies airships, or her ''fiance'', or her ''sister'', or the sadist who was ''tormenting'' the old guy, or the ''octopus who was trying to prey on her''... Serah the Fluffy Tamer gets weird with the DLC beasts.
* In ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', a [[MadScientist labtech]] asks you to acquire technology from vicious prairie dog/cyborg aliens, in hopes that he can build a translator to communicate with them. [[spoiler: When you meet him again in the Sealab Compound, he indicates that he ''can'' communicate with [[KillerRabbit Grunnies]], and that they gave him a heads-up you were coming.]]
* Colette and Raine from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' will, if you defeat a monster with them in the party, have the following exchange.
-->'''Raine:''' I wonder what the enemy's name was.\\
'''Colette:''' I like "Poochy!"\\
'''Raine:''' No, dear, I was talking about the species.
** And in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' Luke and [[CutenessProximity Tear]] have a similar exchange:
-->'''Luke''': "What's that monster called?"\\
'''Tear''': "Fluffy!"\\
'''Luke''': "[[FlatWhat Huh?]]"\\
'''Tear''': "I thought it'd be cute..."
* In ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'', one of the available leaders for the [[CrazyAwesome Balseraph]] Civilization is Keelyn, a young girl who was [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Summons]] - she basically grew up around minor demons and summoned monsters, and eventually used her affinity for them to seize control of the kingdom. Her favorite is a towering demon named 'Giggles'.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', Qwark somehow manages to tame an Agorian War Grok, a feral, bloodthirsty beast the size of a small house. He calls it "Snowball".
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'', there's Lymle with her demonic canine Cerberus whom she refers to as "Doggy". Also, a catgirl is normally not considered FluffyTheTerrible, but when you consider the fact that she crossed over alternate dimensions and was treated as a monster by special forces black ops, well...
* This is the job of a Dungeon Master in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''. Having one lets you tame anything with the [PET_EXOTIC] tag, which means you can greet a siege with a flock of War Giant Eagles or [[DemonicSpiders Giant Cave Spider]] web-turrets.
** Of course, given that the Dungeonmaster class is [[PerpetualBeta suffering from a few bugs at time of writing]], the player can always replace those tags with regular [PET] and [TRAINABLE] tags in the raws to make any beast tameable by default.
** The Dungeonmaster was eventually phased out entirely: now how well you can tame an "exotic" animal depends on your dwarfs' experience with that specific creature. So with enough time you can have an entirely ''civilization'' of Fluffy Tamers.
** Elves, thanks to their peace with nature, are excellent tamers as well, which lets them provide you with some great beasts if you deign to trade with them, as well as being their main source of proper offense on a fortress/world map scale if you're on unfriendly terms with them. Pillaging an elven forest sounds easy right until the wall of [[BearsAreBadNews war bears]] comes out.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Anyone who owns a Mabari. While Mabari do act like adorable puppies around the people they like, one can't forget that they are sentient warhounds fully capable of tearing apart armored warriors.
** The Ranger Specialisation for Rogues allows them to summon a Wolf, Bear or GiantSpider to fight alongside them in battle.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' ''Mark of the Assassin'', [[BigBad Duke Prosper]] has a pet wyvern named [[FluffyTheTerrible "Leopold"]]. Wyverns are huge, vicious, venom-spitting, man-eating lizards, and Leopold is much bigger and stronger than wild wyverns. Prosper has tamed Leopold so well that he can ''ride'' the beast.
** Merrill would ''like'' to be one of these. She often mentions how much she'd like a pet griffon, despite them being (supposedly) extinct. [[spoiler: As of Literature/LastFlight, the species may be making a comeback. Dare to dream, Merrill!]] She also finds [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Deepstalker deepstalkers]] adorable.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', Chuck can tame a tiger by the name of Snowflake. Not only that, but he can even give it to his daughter as a pet.
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series lets you tame monsters, name them, pet them, and make them do chores or fight with you. A monster "wooly" is known for being so cute that almost everyone in-game like them, especially the in third game, where a few heroines have a common quest to discover a certain golden wooly. [[spoiler: That golden wooly is the protagonist in his monster form.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' has a [[CheerfulChild cheerful boy]] Parry Gotha taking interest in [[TheHero his father's]] ability to capture and tame monsters. [[spoiler:He inherited this power from his own mother, a woman who could purge the evil out of monsters.]]
* Any hero in the ''Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series who has an affinity for {{Hellhound}}s is probably one of these. Fiona from the third game and Lorhish from the sixth were, respectively, a circus animal tamer and an imperial kennel-master before they were recruited by the demons, and use the skills from their old jobs to keep their hellhounds in line, while Grawl from the fifth game considers hellhounds to be the only creatures he can truly empathise with.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard can feed a Varren named Urz, who was a former pit-fighting champion. Despite having teeth that are several inches long, Urz gleefully proceeds to follow them around the Urdnot Camp like a ''[[BigFriendlyDog puppy]]''.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', where the black-market Shepard VI program claims that Shepard looks like a Varren person.
** Jack takes it UpToEleven in ''[[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'' with a formerly abused ''biotic'' varren. Shepard ends up using a frying pan to play fetch with him.
** Javik claims that in his Cycle, the Prothean's used to ''[[HorseOfADifferentColor ride]]'' Thresher Maws (though he claims they're bigger now). Of course, he's [[UnreliableNarrator known for]] being something of a {{Troll}}.
* The Falmer in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' somehow tamed and ''domesticated'' Charuses: vicious giant carnivorous insectoid monsters. Chauruses are docile livestock to their Falmer masters, but fearsome predators to everything else in Skyrim. In ''Dawnguard'', one of the members of the Dawnguard tamed a bunch of trolls and made armor for them. The player can pay him 500 gold to take an armored troll as a follower.
** With the fully-upgraded "Bend Will" shout, the Dragonborn is capable of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bending Dragons to their will]], preventing them from attacking and even allowing them [[DragonRider to be ridden]].
* Annie, the Dark Child, of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is an eight year old mage who tamed a [[BearsAreBadNews Shadow Bear]] at the age of two, named it Tibbers, and carries him around in the form of a plushie teddy bear. Unless she wants to sic him on her enemies.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Cherche, the wyvern rider, and her pet wyvern, Minerva. She frequently calls Minerva "Minervykins" and is surprised at her comrade's reactions when she claims Minerva is the cutest wyvern of all. Her son, Gerome, also has some of these traits, although he tries to hide it behind his stoic nature.
* In ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', a civ that follows the [[NatureHero Harmony affinity]] will also be able to domesticate alien critters and use them as attack animals or mounts, their FantasticNuke is a trigger that lures gigantic Siege Worms to attack the city, and the Harmony civ's ultimate unit is the Xeno Titan, basically a {{Kaiju}} with the highest melee strength of any unit in the game. Any civ, regardless of affinity, that has an alien nest in it's territory for 60 turns will be able to control the aliens spawned from it, as if they were their own units.
** Even better, the upcoming ''Rising Tide'' expansion will give Harmony players the ability to "leash" wild alien creatures and convert them into controllable units, including Siege Worms and Kraken.
* ''Videogame/FallenLondon'': The local zoo analogue, the Labyrinth of Tigers, is staffed to the brim by these, what with having to deal with cranky serpents, a [[GrumpyOldMan Grumpy Old Rhino]], a very, very playful giant octopus, among others. And if you want to start making progress inside it, you'll have to learn their ways.
* Cultists in ''VideoGame/{{Majesty}}'' use this as their main tactic; they tend to end battles by charming whatever creature your other heroes are fighting. It's common for higher-level Cultists to be followed by a dozen or more monsters, ranging from giant rats to ''dragons''. And their temple will spawn creatures specifically for their residents to build up their retinue.
* The Sole Survivor from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' can gain the Wasteland Whisperer perk and with it can pacify any mutated animal below their level. This includes [[BearsAreBadNews Yao Guai]] and ''[[TheDreaded Deathclaws]]''. Sadly, this is only a temporary ability that only works as long as the Sole Survivor has a weapon drawn. With the Wasteland Workshop DLC, the Sole Survivor can build traps that allows him/her to catch mutated animals at settlements and use them as guard beasts. So it's quite possible to have half a dozen Deathclaws roaming around Sanctuary to act as guard animals.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory:'' In [[VideoGame/QuestForGloryI Spielberg]] Sauruses (Saurii?) are vicious, purple, monsters who are a (relatively minor) hazard for an experienced adventurer. Not so in [[VideoGame/QuestForGloryII Shapeir]], where Sauruses ([[RunningGag Saurii?]]) have been tamed into loyal beasts of burden ferociously protective of their masters. Looking at a Saurus in the second game even responds that the ones in Spielberg weren't so friendly. Making Shapeir an entire ''kingdom'' of Fluffy Tamers.
* The three princesses in ''Crystal Chase'' own a pet dragon named Snookie.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', one of the possible Guild Bounty targets is the skritt Brekkabek, wanted for illegally keeping ''bears'' as pets. In the fight to subdue him, one of his attacks is to ''throw bears at people''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Molly's pet Snookums is a [[{{Kaiju}} giant space monster]] shrunk to the size of a basketball, but Molly had already made friends with him when he was still the size of a house.
* Tsukiko give us this disturbing little number in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick:''
-->'''Tsukiko:''' (after creating a goblin zombie) Hello, little one, I'm your mommy.\\
'''Zombie:''' I crave mortal flesh!\\
'''Tsukiko:''' Aww, Baby wants his num-num, doesn't he?
** Belkar, technically, can do this as well, being a ranger, but almost never tries. [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs The times he does, however...]]
--->'''Belkar:''' '''FLEE! FLEE BEFORE ME, WORMS!!!'''
* Kirk from ''Webcomic/{{Suppression}}'' has his best little buddy Morty, a FunSize ExtremeOmnivore demon that he feeds guns to. Then he lets the little guy [[LovecraftianSuperpower eat his arm]] to become a ShapeshifterWeapon with a nasty WaveMotionGun.
* Jared from ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' is a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Trainer. [[FluffyTheTerrible He named his Gyarados Mr. Fish,]] but it did start out as a [[MagikarpPower Magikarp]]. Jared has taught it [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/1110 not to eat him, though.]]
* Virus from ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' is infamous for this, having a reputation of adopting various demonic entities as pets. He eventually finds a Chao, which starts out cute and cuddly, but ends up absorbing the DNA of a Hellhound and turns into a vicious killer. He remains Virus's pet.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the original ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' series, Agent Jay Thorntree gets Cuteness proximity with [[Literature/LordOfTheRings 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 ''Literature/TheImpossibleMan'', Angela loves her pet {{Chupacabra}}, Eli. Just don't call it a [[{{Mon}} Kaijumon]].
* Shephard from ''[[Machinima/FreemansMind Shepard's Mind]]'' has his little alien weapon critters, [[FluffyTheTerrible named Sparky (the shock roach), Gil (the spore launcher), and Barney (the barnacle grapple)]].
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic hates "relatable" animals and they despise him right back, but give him a drooling demon dog from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and he'll descend into {{squee}}ful goo.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation, as part of their ongoing attempts to destroy NighInvulnerable OmnicidalManiac [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-682 SCP-682,]] introduced it to [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-053 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. [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/experiment-log-t-98816-oc108-682 682 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.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Bear managed to make friends with [[BearsAreBadNews Windears]] and stop them from attacking Snake, Duck, and Balloon.
** Tide owns an aquarium exhibit in the zoo, filled with creatures like White Killer Eels and Pink Fish Chargers, and all of which he has an attachment to and can call upon on a whim.
** Working in the [[BearsAreBadNews Windear]] exhibit, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Teacher]] can calm them down from a flurry of rage easily.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Several Creator/CraigMcCracken series . . .
** ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' Duchess is able to exert near-perfect control over an Extremosaur and even speaks to it with BabyTalk.
** In "The Pet" episode of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', 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!"), [[spoiler:he and Sylvia "give" it to Lord Hater, who's also very fond of it]].
* On the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Spanish Fry", Lrr and Nd-Nd, the fearsome rulers of [[NumberedHomeworld Omicron Persei 8]], meet Bigfoot and start gushing over it as if he were a fluffy bunny.
* The beloved pet of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''s King Bumi is a [[MixAndMatchCritters 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has Korra with Naga. She is first person to ever tame a [[MixAndMatchCritters polarbear-dog]]. Said polarbear-dog is also her spirit animal.
* Lilo from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' single-handedly turns a rampaging, gentically-modified alien into a loving pet. She procedes to do the same to 625 other such creatures in [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries the series]], as well as 625[=/=]Reuben and Gantu in ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'' by finding "their one true place" and helping Gantu get reinstated as Captain in the Galactic Armada with Reuben as his first mate and galley cook.
** 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Harley Quinn and her "babies" -- the Joker's pair of snarling pet hyenas. They like ''her'', and lets her gush over them like a pair of puppies, but viciously attempt to maul anyone else.
* Molly from ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' tries to tame the Closet Monster in "Comforting the Uncomfortable."
* Charlotte from ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' has the ability to befriend 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 ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama 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 AllAnimalsAreDogs. This is justified as he mentions that the trick 'always works on my dog'.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'''s Fluttershy is the FriendToAllLivingThings. 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".
*** [[spoiler: Or, more specifically 'gobble up a pony in one bite' big.]]
** In the Season 2 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime 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'' [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu she gives Cerberus a tummy rub]].
** Season 3, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Keep Calm and Flutter On]]. Fluttershy does the impossible and [[spoiler: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.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E19TradeYa Trade Ya!]]" has Fluttershy able to calmly walk up to and calm a vicious orthros[[note]]A two headed dog and brother of Cerberus, who is mentioned in the "It's About Time" example[[/note]] 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': If Eric Cartman taming Cthulu himself to engage in mass murder doesn't qualify, nothing will.
* Among the pets owned by ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'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.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'': Nick Tatopoulos is the only person in the world who can control his adoptive son (without having to use force or MindControl). Said adoptive son happens to be '''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''' Junior.
* Allie from WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''[=/=]''U.S.Acres'', [[spoiler: Wade Duck, believe it or not!]] In "Show Stoppers", [[spoiler: he has a giant pet bull who he named Fido. Fido ended up chasing Orson's mean brothers away.]]
* WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse tames a Centipeedle with chips.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'': Hiccup's reputation as a dragon trainer has been taken to MemeticBadass levels by people outside the village, to the point that he is known as The Dragon Conquerer and [[ShroudedInMyth described as a 10ft tall giant of a man with the strength of 20]].
** In the movies and the series, it is also shown that almost everyone in the village have become dragon tamers by following Hiccup's example.
* WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}} ''attempts'' this with his former sidekick Foamy The Freakadog, a stray mutt Freakazoid found in the back of a dogcatchers truck. Said dog is clearly rabid and incredibly vicious and constantly attacks him, not that Freakazoid notices.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' has Bizarro be this. He adopts a vicious reptilitan alien from the menagerie Superman liberated from The Collector in the two parter "The Main Man", and refers to it as "Krypto". Thanks to Bizarros invulnerability, he takes the creatures attempts at mauling him as affectionate cuddling.
** Superman himself is this, having a large zoo of sorts in his Fortress of Solitude for the various alien beings he rescued from the Collector, most of which are of the StarfishAlien variety. This actually comes back to bite him in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' as its revealed that one of these aliens is the DCAU version of Starro The Conquerer.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is the job of César Millán as featured on the Creator/NationalGeographicChannel, his speciality being breeds that are (unfairly) thought of as Fluffies... Pitbulls and Rottweilers.
* [[Series/CrocodileHunter 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).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGJUREA0cmQ 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 [[Series/AnimalPlanetHeroes Animal Cops]] series, is known as the Beastmaster (not to be confused with TheBeastmaster) for his ability to calm and handle the various creatures the agents are called on to rescue.
* Tarot Cards. Many versions depict The Strength of the Major Arcana as a beautiful woman holding a ferocious looking lion in a headlock, clearly dominating the beast.
* [[Series/CallOfTheWildman 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 [[AngryGuardDog 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 [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu being playfully presented]] [[AndCallHimGeorge the remains of the latest attempted burglar by]] [[BadassAdorable a proud tailwagging fluffy]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_the_lion Christian the lion]] was raised for nearly two years by a pair of roommates in London, from 1969 to 1970, and eventually released into the Kora National Reserve when they realized he was getting too big and [[AndCallHimGeorge might hurt someone by accident]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adYbFQFXG0U&fmt=18 Their reunion a year later (and a similar, unfilmed one 2 years after that) reflect that the men had made their mark on the lion cub.]]
* Keepers of exotic animals typically show as much care and affection for their strange wards as any other animal (within the confines of safety, of course). In turn, many animals that are typically thought of as dangerous can be handled in relative safety if raised in contact with humans. Snakes, tarantulas and scorpions, and wolves are probably the most common examples.