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Formally Named Pet

"When Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset, people DIE!"
Dr. Evil, Austin Powers

How do you show that your pet is special? When you want to go above and beyond a normal pet name, a formal title is the easiest way to add some sophistication. He's not just Fluffernutter, he's Mister Fluffernutter! You can usually expect such a pet to be a little lap dog or a pampered kitty. However, they may occasionally be horrible giant scary monsters, so beware.

Often overlaps with Mister Muffykins. The Right-Hand Cat is often a Formally-Named Pet. Likewise in pet-related cases of Consulting Mister Puppet. Depending on the honorific chosen, this can aid in/lead to Your Tomcat Is Pregnant. How NOT to Write a Novel mentions this as something that is overdone.


Examples

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    Literature 
  • Harry Potter: Filch has a pet cat, Mrs Norris.
  • In the Discworld book Making Money, Topsy Lavish (née Turvy)'s dog and eventual chairman of the bank is named Mr. Fusspot.
  • Peter S. Beagle's Tamsin features a cat simply named Mister Cat.
  • From T. S. Eliot Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (and thus also from Cats), the magical Mr. Mistoffelees (the only one of all the cats in the book/musical to be named that way).
  • In The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden's cat is named simply Mister.
  • Pippi Longstocking has her little monkey, Mr. Nilsson.
  • Given a medieval twist in A Song of Ice and Fire: Tommen has kittens named Ser Pounce and Lady Whiskers (and another named Boots).
  • Variation in Jennings, where Jennings names a guinea pig "F. J. Saunders" and the school cat is named "George the Third" (maybe just indicating he was the third cat called George, but the Headmaster assumes the House of Hanover connection).
  • Dr. Henry Metzger the cat, who seems to be the only living thing that Metzger's Dog does not try to kill.
  • Variation in Dave Barry Slept Here: James II's dog is named Bart XI.
  • Life of Pi has an unusual variation in Richard Parker, the 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger (who's a zoo animal rather than strictly a pet). He's always referred to by his full name. This is the result of a paperwork mixup where the hunter who first captured him accidentally put his name on the line intended for the animal's, meaning the hunter's name was recorded as being "Thirsty None Given."
  • Animorphs had Melissa Chapman's cat, who was named Fluffer McKitty. Marco makes fun of the cat's name at one point, exaggerating it into "Fluffer McNutter or whatever that stupid cat's name is." Note that the trope description, above, uses an example extremely close to this.

    Live-Action TV 
  • When Leonard is considering getting a cat in The Big Bang Theory, one of the names he's thinking about is "Colonel Fuzzyboots". Also, in another episode, he mentions his family's cat. "I'm pretty sure Dr. Boots Hofstadter's degree was honorary."
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Willow and Tara get a cat and name it "Miss Kitty Fantastico". The cat later disappears without mention. It's brought up later, when Dawn implies in a quick aside that the cat was killed in a household cross-bow accident.
    • Drusilla's dog is "Ms. Sunshine."
    • Kendra's favorite stake is named "Mr. Pointy".
  • On Degrassi, Fiona's ex-girlfriend has a cat named Mr. Tuxedo-Pants.
  • On The Dick Van Dyke Show, Sally's cat is named Mr. Henderson.
    • In one episode Alan Brady gets Rob to work on a play he's in that's written by a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Truman Capote. "Capote" has a pet German Shepard named Mr. Ben which he takes everywhere and consults for advice.
  • The Drew Carey Show: Drew and Lewis bribe Oswald into voting to sell Buzz Beer by giving him a bunny. Oswald immediately names it Commander Bun-Bun and starts to act like a Diabolical Mastermind with a Right-Hand Cat.
  • In Friends, Mr Heckles pretends he has a cat named Mister Bob Buttons.
    • Rachel bought a hairless cat she named "Mrs. Whiskerson" because she can't call her "Fluffy".
  • Brittany on Glee has a cat named Lord Tubbington.
  • Mr. Muggles, the Pomeranian from Heroes.
  • In Jessie, Ravi's pet water monitor lizard is named "Mr. Kipling".
  • My Name Is Earl: Darnell's turtle is named Mr. Turtle.
    • In one episode Joy & Darnell - an interracial couple - interact with a reverse-color interracial couple, Liberty & Ray-Ray. Liberty is Joy's half sister. Ray-Ray has a bearded dragon (a type of lizard) he calls Mr. Bearded Dragon.
  • On Psych, Shawn's cat's name is Chairman Meow.
  • Sex and the City: Carrie's book reading is interrupted by the appearance of one Mr. Winkle, a real celebrity dog, who has a book of his own, which he's signing (by putting his paw print on it).
  • NYPD Blue: Recurrer Sgt. Gibson has an African Gray parrot called The Colonel. During the brief time he's in charge of the squad he brings it in to live in his office, and salutes it asking permission to "come aboard" (presumably as a private joke). Sipowitz teaches it to say "Douchebag" so Gibson will be forced to take it home.
  • The famous Mister Ed, of course, of course.
  • Clarissa Explains It All: Ferguson finds a kitten and names him "William F. Buckley." Another aspect of the joke is that when the original owner shows up to claim the kitten, his name for the kitten is the far more informal name "Bubblegum."

    Video Games 
  • BioShock: Little Sisters call their pet Big Daddy "Mr. Bubbles".
  • In Tales of Monkey Island, Hemlock McGee has a cat named Miss Prettywhiskers.
  • If you give Anders a cat in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, he names it Ser Pounce-a-lot.
  • In World of Warcraft, the lich Kel'thuzad has a cat named Mr. Bigglesworth. If you're feeling mean, you can kill it at the beginning of Naxxramas. Which results in Kel'thuzad yelling at you from the depths of the dungeon.
  • In Super Paper Mario, Pook has a goldfish called Captain Gills.
  • In Tasty Planet Back for Seconds, cats (in the lab and future levels) have random individual names instead of being called just "cat". Sometimes the names get formal prefixes, resulting in names like "Ms. Kitty", "Mrs. Bitey", "Sir Pookie" or "Captain Patches".
  • In Wizard101 you can do this, and are strongly encouraged to do so by the system. Pet names are in two parts, a title and a name, and most of the titles are of this nature, though you can pick none.

    Web Comics 
  • In Chapel Chronicles, Chapel's pet hedgehog is named Sir Rupert Tennyson Bollingsworth the First
  • In Eerie Cuties an ancient vampire queen had a kitty named Mr. Boodles.
  • Jarad has a pet Gyarados named Mr. Fish in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things.
  • Housepets! has at least 10 cats called Mr Bigglesworth, due to their owner being a Crazy Cat Lady. They all look the same, though they're not related and some are female. They occasionally mess with other pets who don't know there's more than one.
  • John in Homestuck names Rose's mutant cat Dr. Meowgon Spengler, not knowing that she has already named him Vodka Mutini.
  • Mr. Scruffy, Lord Shojo's (and later Belkar's) cat in The Order of the Stick. He gained a canine Evil Counterpart within the Linear Guild with Sir Scraggly.
    • There's also Mr. Stiffly, the Monster in the Darkness' name for O-Chul. He counts because he got the name while the MITD was using his paralyzed body like a stuffed animal for his make-believe tea party.
  • Sluggy Freelance: After surviving a horrible explosion, Bun-Bun temporarily loses his memory and is adopted by a family that renames him Mr. Fuzbutt.
  • Raven's cat in El Goonish Shive refers to himself as Mr. Fuzzball although according to Raven his name is actually Max.
  • At one point, Helen from Narbonic tries to control the insane, super-intelligent gerbils she's created with an adorable kitten named Sir Pounce after eating several gerbils, he gets strapped to a bomb, blown up, and sent to Hell.
  • Nick's pet raccoon in Samurai Princess is named Mr. Fluffycuddles.

    Web Original 
  • TVTV 's Expy of Frankenstein's Monster has "Mr. Stiffy", a very, very dead cat.
  • In one episode of commodoreHUSTLE, "Rarelywinter", Kathleen suggests naming a defeated dragon, "Sir Burns-A-Lot". Graham translates this to Jer as, "Kathleen can't think of anything either."

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    Real Life 
  • United States President Benjamin Harrison had two pet oppossums named Mr. Protection and Mr. Reciprocity.


Alternative Title(s):

Mister Pet, Missus Pet, Mr Pet