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[[caption-width-right:350:When you're a LoanShark in a [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney film]], [[VileVillainSaccharineShow it helps your cred]] if you have a [[LiteralMinded Left-Hand Attack Dog to go with the right]].]]
->''"You've no doubt seen a dog lose its mind when a stranger comes near its home. That territorial instinct is multiplied as their territory expands. If a dog's home is several acres of farmland, it greets every visitor with primeval murderous instinct. Growing up, if we wanted to get home safely from the bus stop, we had [[CannonFodder to fill the weakest child with dog poison]]. An encounter between country dogs contains no comical ass sniffing -- it's [[BigBallOfViolence a snarling cartoon cloud]] of mortal combat."''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Seanbaby}}'''

In contrast to the generally sedentary RightHandCat, this is what happens when the villains' pet plays an active role as a guard/weapon against the heroes. Expect FluffyTheTerrible in terms of naming and for the villain to be a confirmed FluffyTamer. Typically, villains will either show a NightmareFetishist streak and be oblivious to how savage their pets are, and will [[PetTheDog treat them kindly]], or else, they will use the pets to (perhaps even literally) KickTheDog, sometimes by [[FedToTheBeast feeding underlings and other poor unfortunates to them]]. Finally, as the title suggests, when the creature in question isn't a fantasy animal, it's very likely to be some kind of canine.

It is, obviously, very prone to TheDogBitesBack. Contrast with the various heroic {{Loyal Animal Companion}}s, particularly CanineCompanion.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Father's lair is guarded by monstrous animal chimera. In one scene, the amnesiac, villainous Greed is shown [[PetTheDog petting]] one of them.
* ''Manga/OnePiece:'' Skybreeder Ohm has a ''giant'' dog named Holy that he is usually seen riding on. Unlike most examples of this trope, Holy is capable of [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter standing on his hind legs and fighting like a human martial artist.]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Kodachi Kunō has Midorigame ("Mr. Green Turtle") as a pet... which, like its name ''[[NonIndicativeName doesn't]]'' suggest, is a huge ''crocodile''.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** Although he is about as fearsome and "attack dog"-like as the kitten Nagi believes he is, Tama is a White Tiger. He has actually attacked Hayate on several occasions and shown to be quite capable of being a threat if he wants to be.
** In the same theme, Shiranui is honestly a kitten, but shown to be quite evil at times.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Azraël, from ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'', could be at first glance thought off as a mere RightHandCat to Gargamel. But since the Smurfs are so small, Azraël is a very physical threat and ends up chasing them quite often, putting him right into this trope.
* Ehmte-Ciss-Ronn in ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'' keeps two alien shark-equivalents as pets. Being naturally aquatic, he has no problem flooding his office in the event of intrusion, knocking his enemies down with the rushing water while bringing the SharkPool into the room.
* In ''Franchise/SpiderMan'''s comic, the elderly crime boss Fortunado has a she-wolf named Angel as a companion who is trained to attack anyone who makes a rush for her master or pulls a gun on him.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Unlike in the games, Treble fights alongside Bass at times in ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' and has even helped him turn the tide of battle.
* In Pom Pom's Eleven, Homeschool Winner has one in the form of a walrus by the name of Dijory Doo. Notably, he comes dangerously close to eating The Cheat, though fortunately he is saved by Trivia Time.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Oddly combined with RightHandCat in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' as the villain, Ratigan, has a pet cat larger than himself to which he feeds hapless mice.
* In ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', ruthless loan-shark Sikes has a pair of vicious Dobermanns (pictured above), who go about intimidating both the main characters and their impoverished "master" Fagin, and follow Sikes' will with gusto.
* [[spoiler: Charles Muntz]], the villain of ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' has a ton of dogs for henchmen who can all talk through voice collars.
* Count Grisham in ''WesternAnimation/TheScarecrow'' has a right-hand attack bird which he uses to take Feathertop's feather, turning him back into a scarecrow.
* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''. The unseen hunters own a pack of German Shepherds that attack Bambi near the end of his film, just right before the forest fire.
* Scud, the {{villain}} Sid's pet dog in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', who uses toys as... well, chew toys.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Ursula the Sea Witch's pet green moray eel minions Flotsam and Jetsam, who are equally creepy as their mistress, unlike other Disney villain sidekicks who usually fall under VileVillainLaughableLackey.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheManCalledFlintstone'', the Green Goose and his pet sabretooth tiger, Ferocious.
* Mr. Freeze has two very obedient pet polar bears in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Chechen in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has a pack of attack dogs. The Joker uses them later in the film. [[spoiler:Read between the lines, and it's {{implied}} the Joker fed them their former master...]]
* Jabba the Hutt's Rancor in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
* Commander Kruge in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' keeps a Klingon reptilian "pet" next to his command chair aboard the Bird of Prey. In contrast to its vicious appearance, it doesn't do much besides growl at people, and gets killed in the battle with the ''Enterprise'' to give Kruge a PetTheDog moment.
* In ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', Drax sets his vicious dogs on his assistant Corrine when he discovers that she's been helping Film/JamesBond.
* Mommy and Daddy, the main villains in ''Film/ThePeopleUnderTheStairs'' have a pet rottweiller, fed with human parts...
* The Blind Man in ''Film/DontBreathe'' has a Rottweiler who makes up for his master's lack of sight and speed in catching the film's protagonists who just broke into his house and [[spoiler: robbed him of his money]].

* Voldemort's gigantic pet snake, Nagini in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books is one of these. She also has a non-combat function as her venom helped to keep him alive prior to getting his full power back. She's pretty much the only other creature toward whom he shows any evidence of caring. Which probably has more to do with her [[spoiler:containing a fragment of his soul]] than anything else.
* The BigBad of the ''Andrakis'' series has a pet tiger that sat by his throne. A luckless messenger comes to report the defeat of their armies by the reincarnated hero; he looks up and the last thing he sees are the tiger's jaws closing on his face.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' Megamorphs book, Visser Three has a creature called the Valeek, that was like an alien life form hunting dog. It was trained to find morph energy and then return to feed on energy made by the Visser's ship. The team eventually destroyed it by forcing it into the water.
* Tabaqui the jackal is this to Shere Khan in ''Literature/TheJungleBook''
* The Mole from the ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' series has a pack of dogs that guard his junkyard.
* In the Creator/SvenHassel novels, Chief Mechanic Wolf has a pair of wolfhounds as his personal guard dogs, and boasts of having people who annoy him fed to them.
* The mercenary regiment of Tartars in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', who play the role of PunchClockVillains working for the G.O.B., all have [[AnimalMotif wolf-shaped]] [[BondCreatures daemons]] who fight alongside them.
* Very close to a TropeCodifier - the titular Hound of ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles''. And before him, Holmes and Watson squared off against an equally vicious attack-dog in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches".
* ''Literature/YoungSherlockHolmes'': Duke Balthassar, the BigBad in ''Red Leech'', has a pair of semi-trained cougars named Sherman and Grant that he uses as enforcers.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Mederan in the ''Series/{{Tracker}}'' episode "Blind Faith". He was Zin's bodyguard trapped in a dog's body. He had a habit of transforming into a HellHound via his Vardian powers and tearing people apart for Zin until Cole took him out.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In the evil MirrorUniverse, Captain Archer's adorable beagle Porthos is a snarling Rottweiler.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Ramsay Bolton is known for feeding people to his dogs. [[spoiler:It's also how he meets his end, when Sansa sics the dogs, which Ramsay starved in preparation for feeding the Starks to them, on him and they tear him apart in a very, very KarmicDeath]].
** Grey Wind is a rare heroic example. He only attacks people Robb tells him to and Robb is a good king.
** Jon uses Ghost to threaten Rast in order to protect Sam.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Although Helen A's pet Fifi in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]" initially appears to a RightHandCat, she is actually a very efficient predator, as seen at the end of the serial when Helen A sends her down the pipes to wipe out the pipe people and other dissidents hiding there.
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': Dr. Mason, the murderer in "How to Dial a Murder", travels with a pair of dobermans named Laurel and Hardy. He uses them as {{Animal Assassin}}s to murder the VictimOfTheWeek.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/BobbyHeenan regarded Matilda the Wonder Dog (mascot of The British Bulldogs) as this when she (in {{Kayfabe}}) bit Heenan after the Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware vs. Heenan and The Islanders match at [=WrestleMania=] IV. Heenan had repeatedly tried (unsuccessfully) to get WWF President Jack Tunney to ban the dog, claiming she was a menace and would attack him or one of his wrestlers without provocation.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign ''Masks of Nyarlathotep'', Chapter 5 "Shanghai". Lin Tang-yu has two pet white gorillas named [=TunTun=] and Ping. They are always near him and obey his commands, such as attacking anyone he commands them to.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' modules G1-G3 ''Against the Giants'' have several examples.
** G1 ''Steading of the Hill Giant Chief''. The chief's wife has a pet cave bear that acts as a guard in her personal chamber. The chief keeps his cave bear with him in the Great Hall.
** G2 ''The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl''. The yeti have two snow leopards they keep as hunting "dogs", pets and guards. The Jarl has two huge winter wolves that act as pets and guards.
** G3 ''Hall of the Fire Giant King''. King Snurre has two large hell hounds that guard him in his throne room. His wife Queen Frupy has a pair of giant weasels as pets and guards in her chamber.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' campaign "The Tragedy of [=McDeath=]" has Lady [=McDeath's=] two-headed fire-breathing hellhound, Spot. Who can obey various commands, including "Attack!", "Fetch!" and "[[OutDamnedSpot Out, out!]]"
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] rarely go anywhere without their Fenrisian wolves, whose size tends to vary between that of a rhino (the African mammal) and Rhino (the AwesomePersonnelCarrier that can carry a dozen SpaceMarines in full armor). One reulbook mentions this makes them annoying among Guard higher-ups, because they bring the things inside and their heavy panting makes it hard to hear.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* While he's not a villain, and therefore doesn't attack the heroes, Interceptor, [[{{Ninja}} Shadow's]] loyal dog in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', is made out to be something like this. In battle, he'll occasionally block physical attacks directed at his master and then counterattack for massive damage. Outside of the actual gameplay, Shadow warns that he'll actually tear out your throat if you get too close. Relm seems to be able to play with him just fine though, and if Shadow is KO'd in battle, Interceptor will actually protect her instead. This is because [[spoiler:Relm is Shadow's daughter, unbeknownst to her though.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** Comic relief bad guy Don Corneo has some sort of bizarre ape-like monster named Aps under his TrapDoor. Later in a sidequest in Wutai, Corneo replaces with it a dragonish monster. Both can be quite difficult bosses.
** Also, in your only battle against Rufus Shinra, you also fight his guard dog named Dark Nation.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** In the original ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'', [[BigBad Sigma]] sics his dog Velguarder after you before pulling out his LaserBlade.
** Subverted in the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, since you never fight [[SavageWolves Treble]], except in his capacity as a CombiningMecha SuperMode PoweredArmor for [[EvilCounterpart Bass]].
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown II'' final boss Mizuki is accompanied by a "dog", which is actually a powerful shapeshifting demon that she uses in a couple of attacks.
* Harley's two hyenas Budd and Lou appear with her in ''VideoGame/Injustice2'', and she can use them in a super-move.
* The Mabari Hounds in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series are this trope: their intelligence is close to human-like and [[UndyingLoyalty their devotion to their masters is unshakable]], making both good and bad guys fond of them.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', you could recruit one as a full-fledged ''party member'' (one of the Origins got him for free -- the perks of aristocracy), and a lot of bad guys used them to tear your party apart when you got careless.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Hawke's Mabari was a summonable creature in a DLC -- but nevertheless deadly.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Any villain's signature Pokémon tends to be treated as this in {{fanon}}, though most of them aren't actually canines.
** Zig-zagged with Giovanni's Persian, which is a RightHandCat in the anime and a combatant in the Yellow version game.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry4'': A dust-based, unkillable, demon-slaughtering tiger. Press RB to "sic em".
* ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations 2]]'': Sirhan Dogen is a former assassin who is blind and was known for using his seeing-eye dog, Anubis, as a deadly weapon against his targets.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
** Darion, the leader of a gang of Khan raiders holed up in Vault 15 in ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', will sic his Baddog on the player's party.
** In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' Motor-Runner (de facto leader of the Fiends) has a pair of guard/attack dogs [[SarcasmMode creatively]] known as [=BoneGnash=] and [=GnashBone=]. One of Motor Runner's three lieutenants, Violet, has a pack of dogs she's violently protective of (partially due to her Psycho addiction). Having the "Animal Friend" perk will keep the dogs on your side.
** Dogmeat of the ''Fallout'' series qualifies for any player going for [[MoralityMeter low karma.]] In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' he leaps onto and eviscerates fallen foes, and can be upgraded to cripple foes that can still fight, turning [[LegacyCharacter his grandson]] into a PayEvilUntoEvil method no matter how idealistic you are.
*** Super Mutants have Mutant or [=FEV=] hounds, dogs dipped in the Forced Evolutionary Virus and turned into giant freaks with an attitude to match their masters.
* Volkov and his faithful dog Chitzkoi are a duo of Soviet heroes/commandos featured in a number of single-player missions of the Counterstrike and Aftermath expansions for ''Videogame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', as well as the ''VideoGame/MentalOmega'' mod for Red Alert 2.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-05-20 Cerberus for Satan]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Joker and Harley have a pair of savage hyenas which Harley (who refers to them as "the Babies") would cuddle with.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', King Bumi is introduced pretending to be a villain (he's actually a TricksterMentor of sorts), and his pet [[FluffyTheTerrible "Flopsie"]] seems to be one of these.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns has a pack of hounds which he likes to release on those who disturb him at home. There is an episode where Santa's Little Helper becomes one of his guard dogs, and in the end, he protects Bart against the rest of the pack.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "Dragons of Ashida". The title character has large lizards similar to Komodo dragons that he considers his pets. He uses them for hunting human beings and as security for his island.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': Season 1 BigBad Nox has Igôle, [[MixAndMatchCritters a weird mix of wolf, hyena and lizard]], that he sends chasing TheHero Yugo and his brother Adamaï, tasking it to bring them back "without damaging them too much". Note that Igôle was [[spoiler:originally Nox's family pet 200 years ago, but exposure to the Eliacube and Xelor magic have turned it into a deadly powerful beast, and maybe as insane as its master]]. In the end [[spoiler:it reverts to its past self and gives up the chase after meeting a little girl who reminds it of Nox's youngest daughter, and decides to stay with her.]]
* Data 7 is this to [[BigBad Von Reichter]] for all of one episode in ''WesternAnimation/CyberSix'', until he realizes he is the titular character's [[ItMakesSenseInContext brother]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Ahuizotl, the main villain of the ''JustForFun/DaringDo'' series, has several great cats (and [[RightHandCat a small kitten]]) at his command to sic on meddling heroes in general (and Daring Do in particular).
* Snag, Cyril Sneer's pet dog (albeit with an aardvark nose) in ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons''.
* Mumm-Ra in ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|1985}}'' has a very similar looking pet bulldog. Makes sense considering that his enemies are cats.
* Glum, the guardian dog of Cladestino in ''WesternAnimation/TheBluffers'', unlike most examples Glum is good and only his loyalty to his owner makes him act as an antagonist.
* King Max has two mean evil dogs as pets in ''WesternAnimation/TheBiskitts'', probably as a contrast to the cute magical puppies that the show has for heroes.
* Slimer's enemy Dr. Dweeb in ''Slimer!'' (an SpinOff of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'') is always accompanied by his pink poodle Elizabeth.
* Lady Bane in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' has a race of sentient Jackal-like servants.
* [[TheButlerDidIt Evil Butler Snerdly]], the BigBad of the ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'' movie ''Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats'' has a right-hand hound named Rasputin.
* BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'' Scarab has Ammut. Technically a lion-crocodile-hippo hybrid but [[AllAnimalsAreDogs acts like a dog and even barks]].