"I wish outer-space guys would conquer Earth and make people their pets, because I'd like to have one of those little basket-beds with my name on it."
So the aliens have taken over the world. Or maybe they've captured us and taken us back to their home planet. Either way, they decide we're cute and cuddly and they're going to take us home and keep us. This can also apply with earthbound supernatural races like vampires or demons as well. The main component of the trope is that it's a work where humans are the pets of another species.
Overlaps with Sapient Pet
and This Is My Human
. May overlap with Bond Creature
or People Zoo
- In Transformers: Shattered Glass, the Autobot Tailgate finds humans cute and takes Butch Witwicky as a pet, encouraging the other Autobots to do the same.
- In the Alice (2009) fic Have Another Sip, Jack and the Duchess briefly discuss the possibility of turning Alice into their pet, though it doesn't actually happen.
Duchess: Come now, Jack, tell me the truth about your Alice. Is she a pet to you, hmm?
Jack: I was...seeing her. On the other side, we were dating.
Duchess: Dating, hmm? So would you like me to speak for her? I could do that you know, and we could keep her. Put her in a pretty golden cage, and she could wear a shiny golden collar. You could walk her you know, and play with her.
[The words painted pictures in his head, of Alice in a gilded golden cage in the corner of his room, wearing nothing but a collar around her throat, of him and Duchess walking through the gardens, Alice trailing behind on a leash.]
- Implied in the Death Note fic Lab Specimen after Light is captured by L Ryuk decides to keep a cockroach as a pet and names it "Light II" much to its namesake's annoyance, especially when he realizes that Ryuk thinks of him in much the same way.
- In the Death Note fic To Feel Alive Ryuk finds Light to be adorable and considers him to be his favorite pet.
- Star Wars: Jabba the Hutt enslaves women of different species, and keeps them chained and dressed in revealing clothes next to his throne. The keeping of 'sentient' beings as pets is a popular status symbol in Hutt culture (and is also practiced by some Sith of other species).
- The Planet of the Apes remake: One of the ape politicians buys his daughter a human girl as a pet.
- In the first Transformers movie, Megatron says he'd let Sam live as his pet if he gave him the Allspark.
- The low budget film The Pet, about a poor American girl who agrees to "replace" an European aristocrat's recently deceased dog.
- A CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ep focused on the bondage version of this, with the victim found dead in a cat costume at a human pet house.
- Bones featured a pony play episode.
- Angel: In the dimension of Pylea the natives keep humans as pets...well, not so much "pets" as "beasts of burden".
- The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon claims that he would be willing to be a pet to a race of more intelligent aliens.
- The Twilight Zone (original series) episode "Stopover in a Quiet Town": A couple wakes up in an abandoned town. At the end of the episode it's revealed that they've been kidnapped by an alien giant to be pets for the giant's daughter.
- Inverted in season 5 of True Blood. Emma Garza is abducted in her werewolf form to be Steve Newlin's new pet dog. When she returns to human form, Steve gets angry and orders her to remain in her werewolf form indefinitely.
- In one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Salem pesters the aunts over his desire to own a pet, which they refuse to allow. Eventually, he goes behind their back and buys a "dogman", a talking, dressed man that stands on two feet, but otherwise behaves like a dog. After Salem fails to be a good owner, he gives his pet to a family of talking dogs.
- In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning and Hope come to the revelation that the fal'Cie that run Cocoon treat humans like pets - providing them with safety, food, water, and light in exchange for their freedoms. In reality, it's more like "sacrificial lambs" than "housepets".
- Among the various Human Subspecies in Orion's Arm are "pet humans" who are usually genetically engineered for lower intelligence and neoteny. They're most popular among Splices and Provolves, seeing as their ancestors were frequently kept as pets or worse.
- Some of the more cynical inhabitants of the Terragen sphere think this is the main reason why so many archailects keep modosophonts(human-level beings) around.
- The SCP Foundation has SCP-1897, which detail aliens coming to abduct people, so they could lobotomize, castrate, and train them as pets.
- Teen Titans has an episode in which Beast Boy is kept as a pet. This is a kind of weird example because Beast Boy is a shapeshifter, so he can actually become an animal pet if he wants. The basic premise still fits, though. At the end, the villain agrees to switch roles and become the pet of his original, sentient dog.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle had a series of shorts about a time traveling dog named Mr. Peabody and his pet boy, Sherman.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Nergal Jr. briefly keeps the school bully, Sperg, as a pet in the underworld.
- Family Guy: In the "Road To the Multiverse" episode they land on a world where dogs keep humans as pets rather than vice-versa. There are dog versions of Peter, Lois, etc., and a human version of Brian.
- Krypto the Superdog had an episode where Kevin lands on a planet where dogs keep humans as pets. At the end, when Krypto arrives to rescue him, he pretends that Kevin is his pet to get the dogs to release him without making a fuss.
- Mr. Peabody of the Peabody's Improbable History segments of Rocky and Bullwinkle explains his relationship with Sherman as the inverse of the normal relationship between a boy and his pet dog, although in practice he treats him more like an adopted son than a pet.
- A subset of the BDSM lifestyle. Pony play is a subset of this subset, where the submissives act like horses.
- Puppy play is something similar, with the submissive acting like a dog instead.
- "Pet" can also pop up as an affectionate term used towards a submissive who is not a slave.