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Pet Monstrosity
Isn't he adorable?
You already have a pet. He's an Arco-flagellant combat cyborg. He's seven feet tall, and eats 30 pounds of raw flesh a day. You named him "Skippy".

A character keeps as a pet what would normally be considered (and the same species may be in every other instance) a bloodthirsty monster. Such a creature may be given a deceptive name. A person with such a pet may be a Fluffy Tamer. May be a Team Pet.

See also Mons. Compare Monster Roommate and Monster Allies.

Examples

Anime & Manga

Comedy
  • There's a Marty Feldman sketch in which he visits the vet with a large creature in a basket. Of course it ends up eating everyone and their pets in the waiting room.

Comic Books
  • Recent issues of Transformers Ongoing have featured Sunstreaker's pet Insecticon, Bob.
  • Bone - Smiley Bone adopts a Rat Creature and names him Bartleby.

Film
  • In Return of the Jedi, the Rancor Keeper sobs over the corpse of the Rancor that Luke killed in self-defense.

Literature
  • Robin Goodfellow in the Cal Leandros series is followed home from the Metropolitan Museum by an undead, mummified cat. He decides to keep her, and names her Salome. While this may not seem the most horrifying of pets, she does manage to kill his neighbor's Great Dane and leave it on Robin's pillow as a gift.
  • In the Harry Potter series, Hagrid kept a pet Acromatula as a student, and hasn't really broken out of the habit by the time of the books (and likely, never will). He seems to have an innate natural rapport with such creatures, and always seems surprised that other people have trouble dealing with them.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians Quintus AKA Daedalus has a hellhound, a hummer sized shaggy killing machine that appear to mortals as poodles (miniature or full sized is unsaid), named Mrs. O'Leary. She is actually quite nice. Quintus later gives her to Percy.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Tiecelin's flock of Shrike Chimera. They're utterly loyal to him, and generally leave his allies be, but they are unsettling bird creatures with human faces, and they feed primarily on human corpses. Understandably, most people are uncomfortable around them.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire the Stark children each get a dire wolf pup, which quickly become capable of tearing out throats, although they're very loyal to their master and generally don't attack people unless they're a threat. Then there's Danaerys' dragons.

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • Often happens to druids and, to a lesser extent, rangers in Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 and 3.5. At higher levels, you can keep huge and dangerous beasts such as dire bears, tigers, or sharks as your animal companion.

Video Games
  • Half-Life 2 has Lamar, a debeaked headcrab.
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness one demon child has zombies as pets. Etna apparently had pet zombies as a child as well.
  • A few Yao Guai (Lightning Bruiser mutant black bears) are tamed by scavengers in Fallout 3.
    • Moira's computer records mention her experiments with domesticating mole rats, and according to her they made good pets, as long as they were declawed, defanged, and lobotomized. (A couple of pet mole rats can be found in a shack in Fallout: New Vegas.)
  • In the game Dragon Quest Monsters (Pokemon game play with the Dragon Quest bestiary), your main character allies himself with all of the monsters who you fought in all of the Dragon Quest RPGs, from little Drakee to huge Dragons.
  • The Metroid Prime games make occasional reference to Space Pirates with pet Metroids. It tends to end badly.
  • Mabinogi has a wide assortment of buyable pets, some of them things like venomous snakes or giant spiders.
  • Torchlight and the FATE series have ordinary pets, but they turn into powerful monsters when fed fish.
  • A crazy man you meet in the sewers in Baldur's Gate II has a carrion crawler, a seven-foot long flesh-eating grub, as a pet. Or friend. Hard to tell.
  • World of Warcraft's Hunter class allows the player to tame a beast mob and keep them as a pet. This can include anything from cats and wolves to the Warcraft equivalents of crocodiles, zombie bears, and tyrannosaurus rexes.
    • And that's just for starters. With the appropriate talents, you can tame even more interesting creatures.
    • The Forsaken domesticate massive spiders.
    • Although maybe not pets in the strictest sense, the Warlock class's demonic minions could count as well.
  • Guild Wars allows Rangers to tame a number of dangerous beasts, ranging from tigers to bears to spiders the size of a large dog.
  • Olaf, one of the vikings from The Lost Vikings suggest keeping as a pet one of the dinosaurs found in Prehistoria, as he thinks they are "kinda cute".
  • Vindictus's Tieve was friends with the giant spider that climbed the bell tower and was killed by the heroes in the prologue. While not technically a pet, it was kept to protect the town, and Tieve could talk to and understand the beast.
  • Ragnarok Online has several tameable monsters. They don't do anything but hop around and talk when their intimacy reaches 'Loyal'. Besides the cute Mascot monsters like Poring, Drops, and Poporing you can also befriend the suicidal undead ghosts of virgins and other undead monsters, demons, orcs, and half-human creatures. Another odd pet is Alice, a humanoid maid with a broom that doesn't seem to mind being nothing more than the player character's eye candy.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, Alfonso calls Antonio 1 and 2 his pets. Since they resemble armored bulls, he probably doesn't pet them.
  • The Dark Brotherhood in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has a pet frostbite spider named Lis; killing it earns you the same penalty as attacking one of the other members (i.e., being suspended from the group). You also fight a crazy mage named Hamelyn who has a bunch of pet skeevers during a Thieves Guild mission.
  • Deus Machina Demonbane: Al Azif keeps a freaking shoggoth as a pet. Its name is Dunsany, and she primarily uses it as a water bed. The fact that she can call upon the powers of the Great Old Ones probably goes a long way toward explaining why it never rebels.

Webcomics

Web Original
  • From the SCP Foundation, instances of SCP-040-1 are essentially this trope. They are created by SCP-040, a little girl that can cause mutations in animals to the point of creating entire new species, all of which behave like domestic house pets and are completely loyal to her.

Western Animation
  • In Superman: The Animated Series, Bizarro gets a horrifying three-mouthed beast as a pet, which bites him constantly. Of course, being an imperfect clone of Superman, it can't hurt him and is in fact amused by its attempts, and he treats the monster like a dog (even calls it "Krypto").
  • Stitch from Lilo & Stitch, who is actually supposed to be one of the most dangerous alien experiments created by Dr. Jumba Jookiba.
  • Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. Despite his name, Toothless actually does have teeth. Retractable ones.
  • Puffy Fluffy. Oh sweet lord...PUFFY FLUFFY.
  • Dot's 'pet' is kept in a tiny box that grows three times larger into some horrendous abomination. Rarely the same creature twice.
  • Beast Boy adopts one of Killer Moth's monster moth larvae as a pet, and names it Silky. Ownership switches to Starfire after she had to take care of it for awhile.
  • In The Smurfs episode "Reckless Smurfs", Sassette brings home an oversized frog called a grumper to be her pet while she was under the influence of Gargamel's Daredevil Dust.
  • In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Pet", Wander discovers a black spider-like monster with a pair of large red lips on an abandoned ship in space, where it's implied to have killed the crew. Wander doesn't realize its desire to do the same to him until the end, then when he does he anonymously gives it to Lord Hater.

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