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->''"Thank you, scary leather man. I love you."''
-->-- '''A small girl''', upon getting her cat back from [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Midnighter]]

"''Aw, look, he likes you!''"

A subtler version of PetTheDog, where an [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]] creature like an animal or child shows affection towards someone commonly thought to be mean or a hardass, or who at least has a FaceOfAThug. Said hardass doesn't always appreciate the attention.

Effective at deflating a character's pompous attitude. An ironic but overused trope is the character hating a certain kind of animal, then finding one who can't take the hint.

Sometimes this is introduced later in the plot as a MoralityPet. Compare EvilDetectingDog and FriendToAllLivingThings. Contrast AnimalsHateHim. See PhotoOpWithTheDog, where someone tries to invoke this trope via a picture.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A good amount of characters from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' see Baikinman as a good guy, despite being told otherwise by more heroic characters... or by Baikinman himself. A lot of times, these come from seeing him do one good deed by mistake, and assume he's a good guy thanks to that. He has a tendency to become exasperated in their presence during episodes that star that character.
* Subverted in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Sakaki is the school's HugeSchoolgirl, considered universally to be [[SugarAndIcePersonality cool]], intimidating, and very serious (even though she's far from it.) She'd be the perfect candidate for this treatment. Instead, every time she gets near [[CatsAreMean a cat...]]
** Further, she desperately wishes she'd be licked, because she just loves those fluffy animals so. When Chiyo's dog, Tadakichi-san, actually allows her to pet him, she does so for ''hours''.
** [[spoiler:Sakaki finally receives this treatment from a ''wildcat'', who stows away, finds her and becomes her pet.]]
* In chapter 422 of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[spoiler:Yammy's Arrancar puppy tries to comfort his dying master.]]
* Kind of inverted in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' between Hikari and Tailmon. One of the few times you'll see the cat "licked" by the human.
* Piccolo from ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' was considered pure evil by the main cast after nearly killing them all, but little Gohan doesn't understand why, and thinks he's a pretty cool dude. He even sings a song called "I Love Mr. Piccolo" for heaven's sake - and it is [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickeningly cute]].
** Majin Buu also gets licked by the dog, literally. He finds an injured puppy and heals it so that it'll be scared and run away from him, but it thinks of Buu as its new best friend. At one point, [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] convinces Buu that there are other things to do than kill and destroy, but then the dog gets shot...
*** A bit before that, Buu encounters a blind kid, who isn't scared of Buu because he can't see him, so Buu heals his eyes. The kid is very grateful, and doesn't find Buu's appearance scary, or even not normal, because Buu is the first thing he ever saw and he doesn't know what a normal person looks like.
** And in the ''OnePiece''/''{{Dragonball}}'' crossover, Chopper offers Vegeta cake. [[http://www.onemanga.com/Cross_Epoch/0/18/ Awwww...]]
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'': Rin ends up following Inuyasha's half-brother, Sesshomaru, who starts off the story a cold-blooded killer who develops compassion along the way. Rin is a cute little girl while Sesshoumaru is a very fierce, [[CanisMajor very large dog]] {{youkai}}.
* Happens [[http://www.entravity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Chuunibyou-7_5-Nibutani-Shinka-licked-by-dog.jpg literally]] to resident JerkWithAHeartOfGold LovableAlphaBitch Shinka Nibutani in ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions''.
* In the Buggy's Crew After the Battle Side Story in ''Manga/OnePiece'' Gaimon becomes good friends with Buggy the Clown, not knowing that he's on a mission to kill his old friend Luffy.
* Jessie's Lickitung in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. Justified, though-Team Rocket's Arbok and Weezing both state in an earlier episode (while they were still Ekans and Koffing, respectively) that it isn't the Pokemon that are evil, it's the trainers. While Jessie eventually adopts it, she wasn't pleased about the licking; it [[BerserkButton messed up her hair]].
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure''
** ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'': Saki's little sister Minori comes to adore Kaoru due to the latter talking to her bluntly, which made her feel like a grown-up. At the time, Kaoru is TheStoic and secretly a member of the evil Dark Fall. The more she interacts with Minori, the more she comes around.
** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'': Setsuna encounters a little boy and his dog two episodes after her HeelFaceTurn. Way back when she was evil, she had [[KickTheDog turned the dog into a monster and K-O'ed the kid.]] The kid doesn't recognize her, but the dog does and Setsuna fears it's reaction. To her surprise, it ends up licking her hand and then being more than willing to play with her, showing no hard feelings for what she did in the past.
** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'': The innocent baby fairy Ai-chan adores Regina, the spoiled and unapologetic daughter of the BigBad. Despite that, Regina likes her back. [[spoiler:It later turns out they are two parts of the same person, the BigGood.]]
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': [[FaceOfAThug Humans tend to be scared of Kaidou Kaoru.]] Puppies and kitties, however, like him.
* An entire episode of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}: Reload'' revolves around Sanzo's team finding a lost kitten. The kitten immediately takes to them... ''especially'' Sanzo, the most badass of them all, who claims to hate cats, is allergic to them, and mostly tries to ignore the cute little feline.
* In ''Manga/WildRose'', Camille begins to trust Kiri because his BigFriendlyDog Tranquilo trusts him.
* In ''Anime/WolfsRain'' Tsume objects when Toboe starts licking his wounds. This is something of a subversion, since they're ''both'' [[TalkingAnimal talking canines]], but it looks funny (peculiar and ha-ha) because they're both in human disguise at the time, also adding a level of HoYay to the whole thing.
* In ''Manga/MyLoveStory'', [[GentleGiant Takeo]] is generally considered extremely intimidating by strangers, not helped by his massive height, build, and having the FaceOfAThug. However, animals and small children are extremely comfortable around him, which usually helps adults warm up to him quicker.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* It has been established in Creator/DCComics that ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' is liked by {{Superman}}'s dog Krypto. It's probably a side effect from Catwoman's having a knack for animals of all sorts, but still...
** And yes, the dog does literally lick her face. It should be pointed out that even though he seems to love her, she isn't that fond of him--she really isn't a dog person!
* For some reason, kids like {{Wolverine}}. He doesn't get it, though he doesn't mind it either. He even has a sort of BigBrotherMentor role for both Jubilee and Shadowcat, young women who joined the X-Men before they even turned eighteen. In most cases this would be okay. But for this particular person, it's not only highly unusual; it's often either the result of or leads directly to some sort of screwed-up situation or another.
** It does get stretched a bit when he has an entire mini-series of him co-starring with the ComicBook/PowerPack.
** Also, Rogue in Ultimateverse.
** That role is currently filled by Armor from Astonishing X-Men.
** X-23 also fills this role, Wolverine even adopted her.
* Subverted in Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas Special. While discussing [[spoiler:the details of the Easter Bunny's contract hit on Santa Claus, a fluffy little bunny hops up to Lobo and sniffs at his fingers. [[GoryDiscretionShot A camera cut and a horrible squelching noise later,]] the camera cuts back to Lobo flicking bloody chunks off his hand with a large red stain where the bunny used to be.]] Ouch.
* In {{ComicBook/Monstress}}, Kippa voluntarily followed Maika when she broke out of the Cumaea slave prison, because she's "good at killing people" and would therefore make a good protector. Even after Maika[[spoiler:, in a fit of Horror Hunger, eats a child right in front of her,]] Kippa seems to instinctively know that Maika cares for her, and sticks by her even in dangerous situations. (Although it doesn't stop her from temporarily running away when she knows her life is in danger from the Monstra.) Maika is surprised by this, but it ultimately wins her over.
* Similarly to Wolverine, [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Midnighter]] attracts small children like a magnet, gaining their trust and attention even when he's covered in (someone else's) blood and holding a weapon. Then again, he's [[FriendToAllChildren the kind of person]] to call a two-mile high walking island "sweetheart" just because she's ten years old.
* Same thing with Franchise/{{Batman}}. Children are less afraid of him than the adults and he doesn't mind too much.
** Both Dick Grayson and Alfred believe that Damian Wayne can outgrow his violent tendencies and live up to his father's legacy. And so far, they seem to be right, as Damian likes being Robin and finds that doing good is the best thing he has ever done with his life, even breaking away from his mother completely.
** Jason Todd to some extent, some kids like him, most are scared of him, but mostly because he hates when children are hurt.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Halcyon}}'', Sabre is described as a "homicidal vigilante" (by one of his teammates no less!), but his [[NonHumanSidekick dog]] likes him so he can't be ''all'' bad.
* In ''Comicbook/RobocopVersusTheTerminator'', [=RoboCop=] pets a dog at one point and the dog responds in a friendly fashion. Since dogs [[EvilDetectingDog instinctively hate Terminators]], [=RoboCop=]'s companion takes this as proof that, whatever [=RoboCop=] is, he's no Terminator.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', [[CloudCuckooLander Agnes]] shows an instant affinity for Gru right after he adopts her sisters and her by attaching herself to his leg.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' uses a child ''and'' a dog to soften out its GrumpyOldMan protagonist.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LovingVincent'', the Gachets' housekeeper thinks Vincent is "evil." The citizens of Arles think he's mad. To a young girl at Adeline's inn, however, he's just a nice man who draws her pictures.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'': Astrid's dragon Stormfly turns into an excited puppy in all but species towards Drago's dragon-trapping henchman, Eret. [[spoiler: This heavily contributes to Eret's HeelFaceTurn, when he realizes that dragons are naturally intelligent and docile]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Rather entertainingly subverted in ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary''. When one of Mary's suitors discovers she at least partially judges her suitors by her roomate's dog's reaction to them, he drugs the dog so it will be complacent...nearly killing it, and setting it on fire in a misguided attempt to revive it. The dog gets better. Later, when Mary's real love shows up, the dog has been drugged again and goes batshit and tries to eat her love.(Fortunately- sort of- the aforementioned roomate has also ingested the amphetamines planted for the dog and is in no state to notice.)
* About half the Creator/ShirleyTemple movies ever made used this.
* The main character in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' is a pretty bad mofo when it comes to other humanoids, but when he encounters a big, vicious, dangerous predator that could see in the dark and spent a lot of time in a cage they become instant friends, providing an example of this as well as "two of a kind" and a sense of kinship.
* In ''Film/TheCrow'', during the transformation of the recently-resurrected Eric Draven into an unstoppable killing machine vigilante who makes Batman look like an ''actual'' pacifist, he pauses to scratch the cat that was left to fend for itself after he and his fiancee were murdered. The cat, in turn, licks his hand, apparently recognizing him even after he's been dead and buried for a year. (Cats have eyes, and cats have long-term memory, but Draven likely doesn't smell like he used to, besides having put on Harlequin-mask face paint.)
* During the ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' scene in which formerly-frosty Vivian Kensington begins to befriend Elle, she is also licked by Elle's dog Bruiser.
* Film/JohnWick is established as fundamentally good-hearted despite [[HitmanWithAHeart being not just a former assassin]], but a ''legendary'' former assassin, by the instant liking Daisy(a beagle puppy)and [[FanNickname Charon]](a Staffie rescue)take to him.
* Occurs in ''Film/WhoAmI'' when Jackie Chan's character stops during the middle of a chase scene to rescue a cute poodle from a falling piano. The dog licks his face and the onlooking spectators clap and go, "Awww".
* Subverted by Creator/JackNicholson's character in ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets''. It seems as if the dog even prefers Melvin to her real owner, Simon, but Melvin later reveals that the dog loves him so much because he carries a bag of bacon in his pocket. [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]] in that when Simon tries to lure the dog over with some of the bacon, she won't come to him.
* In ''Film/RealGenius'', the JerkAss professor Jerry Hathaway hates dogs (and popcorn), but is constantly shooing away a neighbor's dog that apparently likes him.
* Both in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Batman is seen more favourably by children than by adults.
* While he is anything but evil, Film/EdwardScissorhands is licked by a dog after he cuts off the hair covering its eyes, even after most of the neighborhood has rejected him.
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'' - villainous Professor Fate takes the place of a lookalike prince - as one of the prince's pug dogs licks his face he quietly growls "I ''hate'' you."
* ''Film/{{Assassins}}'': Electra's cat taking a liking to Rath is one indication that he's at least a half-decent guy despite being a contract killer.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''- The toon-hating Judge Doom's EstablishingCharacterMoment involves a friendly cartoon shoe cuddling next to his foot. [[KickTheDog Cue the audience being given an impromptu lesson on the effects of Dip on cartoon characters]].

* In the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology, Ward's younger sister can't talk due to psychological issues. While she isn't quite as good as the evil-detecting baby (sometimes she doesn't get along with people who are more or less harmless), there are lots of moments where she serves as the metaphorical dog. People who are nice to her are usually trustworthy. Ward is impressed when he meets a woman who can understand his sister's body langauge and facial expressions, and "talk" to her in a way. [[spoiler: He ends up getting together with that woman.]]
* Subversion: If the phrase "I get on well with animals, sir," doesn't send shivers running up and down your spine like angry weasels, you need to read more Literature/{{Discworld}}. Especially when you consider that Jonathan [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay Teatime]], a [[PsychopathicManchild psycho]] even by [[EvenEvilHasStandards the standards of the (gentlemanly) Assassins' Guild]], also [[MoralEventHorizon Nailed The Dog To The Ceiling.]]
** Granny Weatherwax, probably one of the oldest and most powerful witches in the Literature/{{Discworld}}, feared and respected by many ancient and warlike species, who has seen off a succession of {{Big Bad}}s and should she turn evil would probably be bigger and badder than all of them ''put together'', was given a cute little kitten in ''Wintersmith''. She appeared to be rather offended by this and pretended to ignore the creature, but even the woman who once performed chiropractry on ''Death himself'' couldn't resist a [[CuteKitten friendly fluffy snuggly purry thing]] which liked her so much. (She wouldn't be able to harm a kitten or child anyway. She's nasty, but never evil.)
*** Arguably something of a subversion, since there's some pretty strong hints (like You '''utterly''' traumatizing Greebo, the death that walks like a cat... and yes, the kitten's name is 'You'. As in, 'Hey You') that Granny and the kitten are kindred spirits; there is, after all, very little chance that Granny Weatherwax could tolerate a stupid animal. You, like her mistress, happens to other people.
* ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' gives us [[MeaningfulName Anathe Ma]], who is an ugly crone who is the second person that [[EvilDetectingDog Bubbles]] lets pet. Note that the other person is the one who saved her life.
* Creator/PGWodehouse:
** In the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story "Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest", [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave the unbidden guest in question]] buys a dog, ties it to a table and leaves it there. The creature attacks everyone who approaches it, but [[TheAce adores Jeeves]].
** The short story "Honeysuckle Cottage" features a manly, detective-novel-writing protagonist who finds himself pestered by a particularly [[DogsAreDumb stupid]], ugly-looking dog who takes a liking to him. [[spoiler:After the dog saves him from essentially becoming the hero of a soupy RomanceNovel, the feeling becomes mutual and the dog stays on as a LoyalAnimalCompanion from thereon in]].
* In ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'', pretty much all the animals in the palace and on its ground like Ilya and are willing to help him and tell him secrets (once he can talk to them).
* Crookshanks the cat in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' seems awfully fond of Sirius, to the point of having a GoThroughMe moment to protect him. It's kind of an early sign that Sirius is actually a good guy, but Harry's initial conclusion is that it must mean Crookshanks is bad.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', one of the first hints that the whoremongering DepravedDwarf Tyrion was actually one of the only decent members of the Lannister family was an early breakfast scene where he was playing with, and adored by, [[ChildrenAreInnocent his youngest niece and nephew.]]
** And it's a sign of his brother Jaime's incipient HeelFaceTurn when [[KnightInShiningArmour Brienne of Tarth]] stops calling him '[[NeverLiveItDown Kingslayer]]' and starts calling him by the respectful 'Ser Jaime'.
** An almost literal example occurs when Bran meets Sam - when Bran's wolf Summer licks Sam's hand, Bran decides he can trust him.
* Though Commodore Sir Aivars Terekhov, like most of the Literature/{{Honorverse}}, is hardly ''evil'', he is notoriously ruthless in the service of his star nation. Which makes it absolutely ''hilarious'' when Dicey the Maine Coon cat jumps on his lap and orders the human to pet him -- an order to which the human in question instantly capitulates. Michelle Henke finds the sight ''quite'' amusing.
* In ''[[Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller The Devil's Only Friend]]'', [[SociopathicHero John]] reluctantly adopts a basset hound who's been wandering around his apartment building since John killed his owner. Despite his irritably ushering the dog off every time it tries to give him any kind of affection, it continues to try, even howling with him and pushing its head repeatedly against his leg while he cries.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The first sign that Jojen Reed is a good guy is that the very aggressive and protective Summer refuses to attack him.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'' sees Mr. Conklin soften on several occasions. One such example is the episode "The Miserable Caballero", where Mr. Conklin softens toward Benny Romero, a runaway Mexican boy.
* Daphne on ''{{Series/Frasier}}'' comments "Canines have a very keen sense of who's a nice person and who isn't. Why, many's the time I've chosen a man based solely on the way my mum's springer spaniel took to them." In response, Niles secretly smears his neck with pate to make Eddie's puppies lick him.
* In the original pilot to ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', the young cute Kaylee, [[spoiler:in what she thinks might be her last words]], assures Mal that he and Simon are "good people" in spite of their own questionable actions up to that point.
** Mal is quite a hardass initially but Kaylee loves him so the audience can't help loving him, too.
* T'Pol on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. Porthos climbs up to be petted, sorta taking the wind out of her Vulcan superiority moment.
** Proving it's not because Spock is half human that the tribbles liked him. "Its trilling seems to have a tranquilizing effect on the human nervous system! Fortunately, I am...immune to its effect...." Cue everybody looking up as he trails off, stroking it. Once he realizes what he's doing, he puts it down and walks off with what's left of his [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch emotionless Vulcan pride]].
--->'''Kirk:''' They don't like Klingons. But they do like Vulcans.
--->'''Spock:''' [[EvilDetectingDog They are highly perceptive creatures.]]
* The title character of Series/{{House}} has a tendency to get licked by the dog:
** When House gets temporary custody of Wilson's dog Hector, Hector seems to like him quite a bit -- by the end, Hector's walking with a limp, apparently because House trained him to. Apparently is the key word here: he slammed a door on his leg by accident (initially he wanted the dog to run away and get hit by a car). After an incident where Hector ate a bottle of his Vicodin, House decided he liked him. By the end of the episode, both are shown to have bonded over their mutual addiction.
** House is hugged by the LittlestCancerPatient at the end of ''"Autopsy."'' Notably, House [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this slightly by refusing to hug her back and looking extremely uncomfortable.
** In ''"Lines in the Sand"'' the autistic kid gives him his PSP. Given how....defensive some low-functioning autistic get with things, that is as LickedByTheDog as it gets.
** In ''"Fetal Position"'' he was doing an operation on a pregnant woman's tummy when the baby got his hand out and grabbed House's finger. Following that, he stopped referring to it as a fetus, and started calling it a baby. The baby's mother even ''names'' her son after House. Damn, he sure is prone to this trope!
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', newborn baby Aaron incessantly cries any time he can't hear {{Jerkass}} Sawyer's voice. The reveal of Sawyer's tragic backstory had already started him on turning into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold but this episode seemed to cement that direction for him.
* Likewise, when the O'Briens were away, their second child only stopped crying when he was held by Worf on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' he is the only person on the ship who doesn't have to go to Crusher after holding Data's cat (besides Data, of course).
*** Also Lt. Barclay.
* J.D towards Dr. Cox in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* "She like you..." When Dan Ashcroft gets a haircut in ''Series/NathanBarley'', the barber's cat Elizabeth takes a shine to him [[spoiler:shortly before Ashcroft accidentally stabs Elizabeth in the head with a pair of scissors]].
* While Uncle Jesse on ''Series/FullHouse'' falls into CutenessProximity around his nieces, he has...less fondness for animals. Naturally, every animal that ever walked through the door (from their dog Comet, to a warthog, to a donkey, to a monkey) took an instant liking to Jesse.
* At one point on ''Series/TheWestWing'', President Bartlet hugs [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Toby]] with a schmoopy "awwww....c'mere". Fits this particular trope because at the time, Bartlet was [[CrowningMomentOfFunny completely stoned on painkillers]] and acting in a very innocent childlike manner.
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Singularity," the only member of the SG-1 team that the little girl Cassandra will approach is ScaryBlackMan Teal'c. Although, to be fair, the other team-members look kind of intimidating in their Haz-Mat suits. Still, this is one of Teal'c's first really gentle moment on the show. He is shown eventually to be a FriendToAllChildren.
* On ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', Taggart has a long running self-declared rivalry with Lowjack, a dog with a stated IQ over 100. There is an episode where he gets injured, and Taggart, being the best veterinarian in Eureka, is asked to treat him. As soon as he is alone with Lowjack, he starts going on about how he has the dog right where he wants him. Lowjack raises his head and licks Taggart's face. Taggart's response, "Alright, truce."
* Daryl Dixon of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is probably the biggest badass in the whole crew. Largely remorseless, crossbow wielding, [[NotUsingTheZWord Walker]] killing machine. And he's the first person who can calm [[spoiler:Lori's]] baby, who he affectionately dubs "Little Asskicker".
** In a similar vein, Michonne is introduced as a cold, anti-social loner who makes no attempt to mingle with the rest of the group. Carl is the first person to take a shine to her, and one of the few people she's ever opened up to about her past. [[spoiler: By season 6, the two are officially surrogate mother and son.]]
* A literal example with Shaw on ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', who is a self-admitted SociopathicHero, and is still liked by Team Machine's [[TeamPet dog]]. She also really likes him. Its even become a RunningGag where she will either state she is only on the team for the dog, or other characters commenting that "only the dog likes you".
** The dog also completely avoids Root at first, until the episode where she officially becomes a TokenEvilTeammate. He's then found in her cell, calmly watching her read and allowing her to pet him.
* Martin in basically every episode of ''Series/DocMartin''. Some episodes almost use the dog as a link.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Literally in the case of Perro Auagayo Jr. He may be the most hated {{rudo}} of his time, but that doesn't stop dogs from showing him unconditional love, which he happily returns.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* After [[spoiler: the AntiVillain Magus]] [[StrangeBedfellows joins your party]] in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', you can visit the ruins of his hometown. If [[spoiler: Magus]] is in your main party at the time, his pet cat from when he was a child follows him around, mewing continuously.
* Epona warms up to badass Link quite early on in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', and the two help each other escape from the (repossessed) Lon Lon Ranch in the future.
* In ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' the [[MixAndMatchCritter crocadog]] doesn't like anyone except the kid (its owner) and our [[TookALevelInBadass newly badass]] hero. Jak doesn't seem to mind. [[spoiler: This makes perfect sense, since they're actually the same person at different ages.]]
** The kid himself also shows fondness towards Jak, who is visibly startled when the toddler tries to take his hand.
* Comes up in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', during your FetchQuest to collect Jenka's puppies, after a number of other strangers have mistaken you for a dangerous killer:
-->'''Jenka:''' They seem to just adore you. My puppies don't waste their affection on bad sorts.
* Somewhat inverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', as it's the ''[[RightHandAttackDog dog]]'' that's supposed to be as unsociable as its owner, Shadow. But when Relm treats Interceptor like an adorable little puppy, he reciprocates. Somehow, this shifts the implications of the trope onto Shadow by proxy. It probably helps that [[spoiler:Relm may be Shadow's daughter.]]
** [[spoiler: To explain, she IS his daughter and Interceptor used to be the family pet of Shadow's wife (who died shortly after Relm was born) who went with him after he ran off. Interceptor remembers Relm from when she was a baby.]]
* Dog in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' really likes [[TokenEvilTeammate Morrigan]]. While his gift to her, a dead rabbit he left in her pack of unmentionables, wasn't exactly appreciated, Morrigan's "dialogue" with Dog shows that his affection does eventually wear down her defenses. In the "Witch Hunt" DLC, Dog is overjoyed when he is reunited with Morrigan.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', everybody's out to manipulate, insult, or kill James. But at least [[spoiler:Mira the shiba inu]] shows him a morsel of affection.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Golbat evolves into Crobat by liking its trainer a lot. ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl's'' Cyrus is a madman who plots to destroy and recreate the world without emotion. [[MoralityPet Naturally, he owns a Crobat.]]
** Similarly, in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and their [[VideoGame/PokemonHeartGoldAndSoulSilver remakes]], rival character Silver, a trainer who views pokemon only as tools for battle, starts using a Zubat early on, which quickly evolves into Golbat. It does not evolve into Crobat, however, until he starts to learn the error of his ways and view pokemon as friends.
* Dogmeat in all the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games that feature him. (Although you can turn him away.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 11: Subterranean Animism'', the heroine is warned to fear the master of the Palace of Earth Spirits, a youkai who can read minds and use your very thoughts against you. The youkai in question, Satori Komeiji, is NotGoodWithPeople because of this (and her tendency to [[MindOverManners read thoughts out loud]])... but animals (and formerly-animal youkai) ''adore'' her because she understands them better than anyone else.
* Resident [[TheEmpath Empath]] and Spirit of Compassion [[TheHeart Cole]] in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Dragon Age Inquisition's]]'' ''Trespasser'' DLC is the only companion who approves of [[spoiler:wishing to rush in and save your former ally [[AmbiguouslyEvil Solas]] from the Qunari, even after it's revealed that he's JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the black-haired antisocial [[StrawFeminist ultra-feminist,]] hard-ass girl Susan finds herself to be the unwilling target of the cat-hedgehog hybrid Jeremy's affection - and, according to a certain background image, the affection of cute and fuzzy animals in general. After CharacterDevelopment set in and she [[DefrostingIceQueen learned to be more open with others]], she became more of a normal-feminist DeadpanSnarker. The hedgecat was right!
* Phobia in a recent ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'' storyline gets a literal LickedByTheDog moment-the dog in question is Gastro's birthday present and Phobia's surly attitude is because instead of the big hunting breed she'd intended to get, the only puppy left was a tiny Pomeranian-looking thing.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Tarvek is well-liked by the wasp eaters.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Quentyn frolicks with the puppies in the monastery barn when their mother comes up. After inspecting him, she licks his face.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Stone of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a superhero who can be summed up in the phrase "What if you gave a Hell's Angel super-strength and made him invulnerable". His middle name is "Intidimate the Hell Out Of You". And kids just love him. He puts on this "big tough scary guy" act, and the kids seem utterly immune to it. It mystifies him, but he does think its sort of cool.
* Basically, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's dream is to be an EvilOverlord. However, Mignon (her puppy) will always lick her face out of love whatever the situation, and the Chick carries her around like a security stuffed animal.
* Early in his run, back before Doug figured out how to make him a proper JerkWithAHeartOfGold, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic had a few of these from [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester]]. In a nice progression, Critic ended up taking care of him and was the only one to give him money.
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'':
** StupidGood ManChild Sparadrap is a frequent source of this, due to his tendency to give an equally friendly treatment to friend, foe and complete stranger. The two only people he doesn't like have respectively [[spoiler:killed his much cared-about virtual pets]] and [[spoiler:ended up breaking his guildmaster's heart in the long run]]. An element revealed in the comic and strongly hinted at in the movie is that one of the hostile enemy players he likes is [[spoiler:a police inspector]] in real life.
** Golgotha has a BigSisterInstinct towards her childhood friend Gaea, despite Gaea being a ManipulativeBastard and a DirtyCoward during most of the story.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Bowery Bugs"; Bugs's opponent is sprawled on the street. A dog walks up, and licks him. Then it walks away, disgusted.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]]'' Christmas special, [[http://spacepuppies.ytmnd.com/ Skeletor is licked by a dog-like creature]] that he suddenly becomes quite fond of. Skeletor learns the meaning of Christmas and is actually nice--but just for this episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler:Prince Zuko]] gets licked by Appa the giant sky bison when he shows up to convince the Gaang that he's actually a decent guy. {{Justified|Trope}} because he was the one who freed Appa from captivity by the Dai Li, giving Appa a good reason to like him; {{subverted|Trope}} when they don't believe him anyway.
-->'''Sokka:''' He probably just covered himself in honey or something so that Appa would lick him.
** The Earth King's bear Bosco likes Aang, but he's established as [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter not being an especially reliable judge of character.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', when they are enlisted to help a planet that is 99.9% water, an unidentified little fish saves [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kevin's]] life when his suit breaks and he can no longer breathe. The fish acts like a [[AllAnimalsAreDogs dog]] and spends the rest of the episode following Kevin around, much to his annoyance. [[ShooTheDog At the end of the episode, Kevin convinces the fish (nicely) to stay on its home planet.]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Awww.]]
* In the TV show version of ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'', Clifford seems fond of RichBitch LovableAlphaBitch Jetta and often licks her, which she usually finds disgusting. Given that he's...larger than the usual dogs, Jetta may have a point there.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'', the title character was once punished by being lowered into a pit of cloying sweetness, including unusually friendly kittens. He's not exactly a villain in the series, but he has little tolerance for anything like them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In the episode entitled "Dog of Death," Homer comes across as uncharacteristically heartless when he refuses to pay for a life-saving operation for the family dog (not wanting to give up his beer money). But after the dog adorably licks his hand, Homer groans and grudgingly agrees to the operation.
** The end of "Simpsons Roasting On an Open Fire," where Homer loses at the dog track after betting on Santa's Little Helper. The dog is chased off by his angry owner and jumps into Homer's arms.
--->'''Bart:''' Aw, can we keep him, Dad? Please!\\
'''Homer:''' But he's a loser! He's pathetic! He's... ''(the dog licks him)'' a Simpson.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' has an alien child being the first to welcome back mutated villagers.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a [[spoiler: sapient talking]] dog-like alien really ''really'' likes [[TheStoic Raven]]. The fact that [[spoiler: he's sapient]] makes this example somewhat creepier than usual.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Bird Bot of Alcatraz", after some time thinking he's a penguin, Bender rebooted back to human mode. A couple of penguins still waddle over and cuddle up to him.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* InvokedTrope with [[PhotoOpWithTheDog photo-ops]] of celebrities and politicians of all stripes taking pictures with adorable animals or children. Hitler (as seen above) and Stalin were particularly fond of doing this. Not a true example as in real life small children are much more good-looking than they are in fiction.