A type of character who uses the assistance of an animal, force of nature, or just some sort of not-highly-sentient creature (with free will) to help them fight. There are a few variations to this:
- The creature in question has befriended the Beastmaster with a lifelong bond, and is always by his/her side, constantly ready for combat and play.
- The Beastmaster can convince, cajole, or outright force a critter/creature to fight with them via some type of influence or power. Sometimes he is also a Nature Hero.
- The beast being used is actually mystical in nature, such as an elemental or spirit, typically requiring a pact; and is normally called with magic.
- The ally is artificial in nature, normally constructed by the master. Is either a Robot Buddy (a Robot Master), or a puppet controlled by either magic or plain-old strings (a Marionette Master).
- The Beastmaster can grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals or telepathy and convince them or request for them to help.
- The Beastmaster can see through the eyes of animals and maybe even controlling it from the inside with a form of mind control.
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Anime and Manga
- The Pokémon anime is pretty much a multi-series embodiment of this trope. In fact, Pokémon is actually short for "Pocket Monsters", and refers to the fact that most "Pokémon Trainers" (who are humans) keep their pet Pokémon in Pokéballs and send them out either for bonding or for helping them with a particular task (like battling other trainer's Pokémon). It's the entire point of the video games as well; see below.
- Kiba and the rest of the Inuzuka clan use one or more dogs.
- As the living nest of a colony of bugs, Shino is an example of a Beastmaster with way more than just one ally. His clan, the Aburame, falls under this as well.
- Several ninja make pacts with summonable creatures. Kakashi can summon dogs, Temari can summon a weasel, Jiraiya and Naruto can summon toads, Tsunade can summon slugs, and Orochimaru can summon snakes.
- Meiko Rokudo in Ghost Sweeper Mikami is able to control 12 powerful Shikigami (beast-like spirits or monsters), with different abilities. However, Meiko is very powerful but also ditzy, inexperienced and extremely insecure; she not only considers these spirits more like pets, but is easily scared by little things (little spiders, a balloon that bangs), and then she summons instinctively enormous quantities of energy causing massive destruction. On the other hand, Meiko's mother (as the Shikigami's former master) can control all of the twelve Shikigami perfectly.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS introduced Caro Ru Luche. She has two dragons she can call into battle, her pet dragon Friedrich, and the Dragon God Voltaire. She claims that she doesn't control Voltaire so much as call for his assistance if things are really desperate: it's implied that he will not answer the summons if his power is not needed.
- StrikerS also introduced her rival, Lutecia, who commands a wide variety of Insectoid Aliens in combat, ranging from swarms of mechanical bugs to an insectoid Monster Knight to Kaiju Big Creepy-Crawlies.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid introduced a new one in the True Witch Fabia Crozelg, who has an army of imp-like devils at her beck and call.
- Shido Fuyuki of Get Backers is nicknamed "Beastmaster" because of this ability. He also Speaks Fluent Animal.
- In R.O.D the TV (and Read Or Dream), Maggie's paper specialty is to form various creatures out of paper (such as birds for flight, or lion-like creatures for fighting)
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has Paio II, who uses Sand Worms for handling bounties and boobies.
- Zazie The Beast, one of the Gung-Ho Guns in Trigun. He controls enormous sandworms in the anime —his manga counterpart is... squickier.
- Sei Arisaka can physically control animals via Mind Control but he can get them to do his binding, such as whistling to make a group of doves appear or merely telling them to "go to sleep" will make them instantly fall asleep.
- Katherine McDonald of Kaze no Stigma has three separate 'beings' of summoning, of different power levels.
- One Piece has... the Beast Master, the first-mate of the Buggy Pirates. He rides a giant lion and his hat (hair?) changes from season-to-season to different animals.
- Other examples are Apis from an early filler arc and Chopper who can speak with animals, not to mention Princess Shirahoshi, who has the ability to telepathically summon gigantic Sea Kings.
- Luffy himself has shown shades of it ever since the timeskip: he's become so proficient at Haki that he can tame and befriend huge and/or dangerous animals in a flash.
- Another filler arc in the anime has Breed, whose devil fruit allows him to assert his will over other living beings after he has placed a collar on them, but only if they are able to hear him make his commands. Law gets around being collared by giving himself and Luffy earplugs. He mainly uses this power on animals because he thinks Humans Are the Real Monsters.
- Kimba the White Lion can summon other animals to help him fight or accomplish tasks he can't do on his own; he's the King of Beasts in his jungle after all.
- One of the The Voynich Hotel's maids, Elena, has quite the way with the local wildlife. A bit of foreshadowing that she's not quite human.
- Aquaman, who can command any ocean animal.
- Marvel Comics own Squirrel Girl. If you can summon squirrels to beat Doctor Doom, Thanos, MODOK, Pluto, and even Deadpool you deserve to be on this list.
- B'wana Beast has the power to both combine and command animals.
- Mouse from The Movement can control mice and rats.
- B.P.R.D. gives us Panya, a wheelchair-bound Egyptian mummy who can telepathically control animals and at one point also uses her powers on a profoundly retarded human.
- Gaea from the Noob comics, as part of her Summon Magic.
- In Swordquest: Waterworld, the mermaid queen Aquana commands various undersea creatures in her war against the air-breathers.
- In Vathara's Upon A Fiery Steed some of the residents of the L3 colony, and some residents of another planet visited in the story, are Beastmasters; people with the ability to communicate with, partially control and fight alongside animals. Examples shown in-story are bat-winged cat-like creatures called esmeril, hawks, dogs and lizards.
- Armani Dove of the Broken Bow series, as befitting a child of Artemis.
- Cycles Upon Cycles: This Mass Effect / StarCraft crossover has Beastmaster Krogan, who are able to temporarily buff nearby Zerg.
- Adorable Murderbeasts: A fic where a SI is dropped into the Young Justice universe with nothing but Franchise/Pokemon to protect him. This trope is a given.
Films — Animated
- In the setting of How to Train Your Dragon, dragons come in various breeds, all of which are terrifying in some way (some spit acid, some throw bone shards like spears, some roar loudly enough to shatter boats...) but none more so than the Night Furies. A Night Fury can breathe fire, blend perfectly into darkness, and fly terrifyingly fast. No one has ever killed a Night Fury. And Hiccup, a scrawny fifteen-year-old- with no combat experience, no outside assistance and no previous training- was able to tame one. And fly it into battle. Even after Hiccup teaches the other Vikings how to ride and bond with dragons, he's clearly the best at it.
Gobber: He has this way with the beasts...
- The How to Train Your Dragon 2, set after a five year Time Skip, presents two others of note. One hermit independently worked out techniques similar to Hiccup's when the latter was a baby and guards a hidden dragon sanctuary, while a vicious warlord managed to brutalize a hatchling into submission decades ago and now uses a Kaiju with mind-control powers as a linchpin in his horde of warbeasts.
Films — Live-Action
- Appears in Brotherhood of the Wolf.
- Avatar. All the Na'vi are beastmasters to an extent, thanks to the Bio-USB.
- Dar in The Beastmaster. He can telepathically communicate with animals, first seen when he mind-controls a bear to leave him and his foster-father alone and can see through the eyes of his falcon scout. And don't forget the loveable ferret scouts/thieves and the black tiger.
- In Dracula Untold, Vlad III Dracula is capable of controlling thousands of bats at once and devastate massive armies with them.
- Jennifer from Phenomena can telepathically communicate with insects and command them to attack people.
- Andre Norton was quite fond of this trope.
- Fitz from Robin Hobb's "Farseer" and "Tawny Man" trilogies.
- In The Immortals Daine the Wildmage can communicate with animals and even shapeshift into them. There are various minor characters in the Tortall Universe who either have something as small as a "knack" or even better for a specific type of animal. Daine is unique because she isn't restricted to merely one type and can even communicate with animal-like Immortals.
- Several characters in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire qualify. The Stark children all possess direwolf cubs. Hints are dropped that all of them can actually project themselves into the creature's mind, though only Bran actively develops the ability, while it remains a passive one with Jon and Arya. Also, Varamyr Sixskins, a wildling.
- In Shadow Ops, "Whispering" is an application of terramancy that allows the user to control animals. It is also very illegal, right up there with gate magic, entropy magic, necromancy, and creating sentient elementals, due to its sheer destructive potential. One doesn't realize how dangerous Whispering is until the person using it calls for literally every animal in range (including millions of nearby insects) to literally swarm the target.
- In Thomas Disch's "The Roaches" the main character discovered that she possessed the ability to telepathically communicate with and command cockroaches. Let's just say that it turned out to be not so good of a thing in the end...
- Gaea from the Noob novels as part of her Summon Magic.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Master. He is the original boss of the Hellmouth demon.
- The Legend Of Dick And Dom: A character who is actually called "The Beast Master" is the Big Bad. He's seen controlling many types of animals, although he tends to foil his own schemes by (for example) trying to get ants to capture his ememies. Prone to throwing tantrums when he fails- he's seen roasting a pair of pigeons at one point. Can also turn parts of his body into animals ("My powerful caterpillar arm will devour you!"), and other people into animals, who are then under his power.
- Merlin (2008) is this way with his powers as a Dragonlord. He can call the dragons and they are bound to obey him, and it also works on their relatives the wyverns.
- Many Catholic saints are associated with control over animals.
- St. Francis of Assisi, most famously in the story of him taming a wolf. It is also said he had a similar call over birds.
- St. Francis of Paola. It is even believed that God was willing to revive his pet fish and lamb after they had been accidentally killed and eaten.
- St. John Bosco is said to have had a giant, black dog who followed him, who served him.
- Dino Attack RPG:
- The Mutant Dinos caught and tamed by Rex, such as Trouble, became loyal to him. He could also use his ability to communicate with dinosaurs to send Mutant Dinos, even wild ones that he had not tamed, to fight for him, which he usually exploited during his clashes against Kotua and Chaos.
- Stranger teamed up with a Mutant Lizard on Adventurers' Island, who fought alongside him in battle.
- Chompy could qualify as a beast, thus giving Frozeen this role.
- Until it was revealed that he was only a puppet leader controlled by the Darkitect, Dr. Rex was the leader of the Mutant Dino army, which referred to him as Alpha Rex. With that revelation, it became clear that the true Beast Master was the Darkitect.
- This is an aspect of many Dungeons & Dragons classes, though the Druid is the king of it.
- The Ranger of 4th Edition has a Beastmaster build option which allows him to fight alongside a beast that he has forged a bond with. The build even gives the ranger a ritual that he can use to raise the beast should it die in battle.
- Pathfinder keeps the Druid and Ranger options, and throws in a Summoner class who binds his life to his beast (known as an Eidolon). While the beast in question is technically a planar outsider, the Eidolon takes the form of an animal, and as the Summoner levels up, the Summoner adds more and more abilities to his Eidolon. And if you choose the Broodmaster Archetype instead of the standard class, you can make a hoard of individually weaker Eidolons that still kick plenty of ass!
- In Magic The Gathering, the players themselves may count as this if they're playing the right creatures, but there are specific character examples as well, such as the planeswalker Garruk Wildspeaker.
- More mundanely there's the Master of the Wild Hunt, Wren's Run Packmaster and Wolf-Skull Shaman, all of which create wolfpacks around them.
- Ogre Hunters in Warhammer Fantasy Battles can be accompanied by one or two trained sabertoothed tigers known as Sabertusk.
- The Amber Wizards and the Beastmen as well. In fact, anyone capable of using the wind Ghur can be this.
- The Dark Eldar in Warhammer 40,000 have beastmasters with three different types of beasts, a large behemoth, a beast that is halfway between two dimensions, and a swarm of razor winged flyers. The Orks also do this with Squigs, a non-sentient related Orkoid creature which has a tendency to attack their handlers from time to time.
- The power of the Animalism discipline in both Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Requiem.
- The Mask of Rahi Control grants this power in BIONICLE.
- All Rahkshi of Rahi Control and Rahkshi of Insect Control have this power. In addition to having the powers of the aforementioned Rahkshi, Makuta can also control Rahi through Infected Kanohi.
- Roodaka and Sidorak commanded entire hordes of the spider Rahi, Visorak.
- Nokama was once able to use her Mask of Translation to speak and gain favor with an alpha Kikanalo.
- In ARK: Survival Evolved you tame dinos.
- In multiple The Elder Scrolls titles, Wood Elf player characters can use a power to call wild animals to aid them in combat.
- In Skyrim, the Animal Allegiance shout allows all players to do this, regardless of race and the Kyne's Peace shout makes animals not run from or attack the player.
- The Heroes of Might and Magic series is this trope, the game revolves around the strategy of recruiting monsters and using them to fight other heroes and creatures.
- In Heroes of Might and Magic III there is a class of heroes called Beastmasters, who control creatures of the swamp such as Hydras, Basilisks and Wyverns.
- Final Fantasy XI has the Beastmaster class. Also, the Dragoon class receives a pet wyvern.
- While the MMO is the Trope Namer, Final Fantasy V started the tradition. In addition to the Trainer class which used whips and could capture and control enemy monsters, the archery-focused Hunter could summon animals to achieve random effects.
- The GBA remake retroactively named the class Beastmaster, just to drive it home.
- Final Fantasy X breaks the series' traditional trend of Summon Magic (a single high-cost, high-pay-off attack) for this; Summoners can only summon a single Aeon at a time, (when Yuna does so, they replace the whole party) and control them directly. Obtaining Aeons involves a soul-binding contract between Aeon and Summoner, and the Aeon's power grows in proportion to the Summoner's. It is also implied that they share a Psychic Link, as Yuna is shown experiencing significant strain after each one is destroyed in the ending.
- Final Fantasy X-2 has the Trainer dress-sphere.
- Beastmaster is also a class in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for Nu Mou. They play instruments to control enemy monsters, making them good matches for blue mages and hunters.
- Hilarity Ensues if you force a monster through a Beastmaster to break the law and watch the monster get sent to jail.
- Final Fantasy VI has Shadow who's dog Interceptor will randomly counterattack for Shadow, Relm has a skill called Control which allows her to take control of an enemy monster.
- Final Fantasy VIII has Rinoa who uses her dog Angelo to assist her in Limit Break.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 has Serah become this; after defeating Monsters in combat, she has a chance of receiving their Crystal, allowing them to be incorporated into the party's battle line-up. Mog claims that Serah's ability is a minor form of Summon Magic, gifted to her by Lightning (who is also seen leading a veritable army of monsters in the intro). They aren't directly controlled, but their abilities and priorities can be managed by the player. This took a bit of a strange turn with the DLC, which allowed players to unlock other characters from the first game as such monsters, including Lightning herself. Twice.
- Final Fantasy XIV has the Arcanist class, who eventually evolve into Summoners or Scholars. Summoners use smaller version's of the game's Summons (who in this universe are genocidal energy beings) for combat, while Scholars use fairy companions for healing.
- While the MMO is the Trope Namer, Final Fantasy V started the tradition. In addition to the Trainer class which used whips and could capture and control enemy monsters, the archery-focused Hunter could summon animals to achieve random effects.
- Hunters in World of Warcraft can have animal companions that assist them in battle. The Beast Mastery talent tree works with the bond between Hunter and pet, and ultimately grants access to Exotic pets that other Hunters can't tame, such as Devilsaurs, Core Hounds, Silithids and Chimaeras.
- World of Warcraft also gives the Warlock class pets, although they are more limited in nature than the hunter ones (Hunters can tame pretty much every animal and customize it, using it as a friend and companion; Warlocks have a set number of demons with fixed abilities and names, that are enslaved).
- Frost Mages can summon a Water Elemental as a permanent pet/companion as a perk of the Frost talent tree.
- Going into the realm of NPC's, there's the half-orc Rexxar, who is essentially a Hunter minus Archer Archetype aspect and the Beastmastery taken up to eleven.
- In Warcraft 3, the hero class that Rexxar belonged to is actually called the Beastmaster. All its abilities summon different kinds of animals (bear, hawk, boar, and STAMPEDING GIANT LIZARDS). Other hero types can also summon minions, but the Beastmaster's arsenal is entirely based around it, letting him summon a self-supporting army.
- There are also the pet battles, a Pokémon-esque feature that is practically a whole game itself. The previously entirely cosmetic non-combat pets can only be used to fight other pets (either in the wild to tame them or controlled by designated Trainer NPCs and other players).
- Heroes of the Storm also features Warcraft's Rexxar, this time as a playable character. He fights alongside his pet bear and he has various other abilities that take advantage of his menagerie of animal companions.
- Diablo II Druids can summon wolves and ravens, among other things.
- It also has Necromancers, who have an archetype called the "summonmancer", they are generally held to make better pure summoners then druids (Druid summons are mainly for support).
- Diablo III's Witch Doctor has a few creepy-animal-based attacks, such as summonable toads and throwable jars of spiders.
- It also has the Demon Hunter, who can summon an animal companion to fight alongside them (or more depending on what gear they have).
- Ultima Online had tamers as a skill set who depending on the circumstances could be either pretty powerful or near useless. They were commanded by typed commands or clicked ones. Tamers would need to make sure both that their pets would attack when needed and protect them when needed as well.
- City of Heroes had the Mastermind class, capable of calling upon a number of controllable minions. Normally, they tended to be closer to The Minion Master territory, but an update added an actual Beast Mastery set to the game, allowing them to summon wolves (regular and dire) and lionesses, along with using birds and insects to attack.
- In addition, the Dark Control set for Controllers and Dominators had a wolf made of darkness as its pet.
- Warhammer Online has the Squig Herder (a goblin and his pet fungus creatures), and the White Lion (an elf and his pet . . . white lion).
- Although in the tabletop game, the aforementioned elves are only called White Lions because they have to hunt, kill, and skin one as an initiation test. They then wear the skin as a cloak.
- They do, however, now have a chariot in which two elves ride, pulled by actual lions. That's gotta be awkward...
- You, and a very large number of the NPCs in the Pokémon games are essentially Beastmasters. In fact, Pokémon is actually short for "Pocket Monsters", and refers to the fact that most "Pokémon Trainers" (you and the aforementioned NPCs) keep their pet Pokémon in Pokéballs and send them out either for bonding or for helping them with a particular task (like battling other trainer's Pokémon).
- Most notably used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where the Pokémon Trainer is the only character to stand in the background while his Mons are the ones who do the fighting.
- Guild Wars contains a few different types of this. Rangers can charm certain animals that then follow them into combat, Necromancers animate undead minions from fallen enemies, and both Rangers and Ritualists can summon spirits to aid the party.
- Alchemists in Ragnarok Online can create and program artificial life forms (Homunculi) to fight for them. The programming bit is player side. That is, Homunculi run on a specially written coding language, which is stored in text files in the game folder. Players are encouraged to attempt to modify the AI files as they wish.
- The player in Lost Magic can amass a small armada via careful use of the Dark Rune.
- Samurai Shodown has a few of these. Galford (with Poppy the dog), Nakoruru (with Mamahaha the falcon or Shikuru the wolf), Rimururu (with Konru (or is it Konril?), an ice Nature Spirit), Cham Cham (with her brother (Tam Tam) as Paku Paku the monkey), Mina (with Champuru, an annoyingly cute man-eating monster in disguise) and even SNK Boss Mizuki (with Maju, some sort of dog-shaped demon) all feature. Oddly, of the ones listed, only Mina's is completely useless in combat. Pets in attack mode are subject to attacks, too, just in case you try sending the dog to rush through a tornado.
- Tales Series:
- Arietta the Wild from Tales of the Abyss usually brings in her beasts whenever she fights, except when there are other God Generals around. It also helps that those beasts actually raised her.
- Jao from Tales of Xillia. He's accompanied by wolves whenever he's alone, and in your first fight with him, he'll keep calling in more monsters to assist him if you get rid of the ones that are with him initially.
- In Age of Empires III, European explorers can get a canine companion that follows them around and helps them fight.
- Native Warchiefs take it to another level. They can train animals and convert treasure guardians, which frequently results in the warchief being followed around by a menagerie of jaguars, wolves, and bears.
- In NetHack the player character always starts out with a pet and may end up taming additional monsters. The care, feeding, and proper use of such pets is a science of its own since a number of parameters influence their behavior.
- Aruruw of Utawarerumono adopts the tiger Mukkur early in the storyline, which apparently carries a title and makes her 'Mother of the Forest.' A mook who tries kidnapping her finds out she is not just a helpless Token Mini-Moe princess and is brutally killed and eaten by said kitty. Mukkur is generally a pretty amiable fellow though. Later, she also makes a pet of Gacatar, some sort of small ferrety creature with special powers that allows her to perform her ultimate technique. She can talk to both and is essentially Mukkur's mother.
- Every class in Geneforge has at least a basic ability to do this, with Shapers, Lifecrafters and Shock Troopers specializing in it. Somewhat unusually, you make your own monsters through genetic engineering, sacrificing essence until they die or you "absorb" them.
- Free Korean MMORPG Mabinogi includes a pet feature. All pets possess a number of abilities beyond combat; including healing and carrying items. Certain pets possess additional useful and entertainment abilities such as rideable mounts, combat-oriented transformation, "fetching" random items, producing crafting supplies (such as wool from pet sheep), and dancing. The Mabinogi pet system is different from most, in that pets have a selectable AI, with a powerful scripting language available to create custom AIs far more complex than those used by monsters. Players can also play as their pets, instead of their characters, which is good for level grinding. Pets also grant variable stat boosts, and are subject to the same levelling, aging and hunger mechanics as player characters.
- The Dark Knight released in Generation 3 possesses the Control of Darkness skill, which allows the player to control any animal or "Fomor" (non-human sentient beings). Control is far more limited than with pets, and is predominantly combat-oriented.
- Starting with Generation 7, all players have access to a similar ability with the Taming skill. Like Control of Darkness, it allows only very basic control over the creature.
- The new Elven Warden from Runes Of Magic has the ability to summon a pet to help him do his fighting.
- The free-to-play Russian MMORPG Allods Online has the Warden archetype.
- The Beast Tamer class in the Disgaea series supports monsters by increasing their stats and EXP gain with her abilities or by simply being adjacent to them and is powered up by them in the latter two games of the series. It's something of an odd case when considering that the monsters in question are perfectly sentient and differ little from the humanoid Netherworld citizens in anything but appearance.
- The Turtle Tamers in Kingdom of Loathing can be considered beastmasters. One strategy used is to increase their familiar's weight (i.e. level) with buffs and equipment.
- One of the bosses in Albion is called The Beastmaster. He's more of a beast tender, really, since his job is to raise the various beasts the Kenget Kamulos use for training. Although when encountered, he does sic a number of predators on the player before finally deciding to fight.
- Borderlands includes one in Mordecai, the Hunter class avatar. He uses his pet bird-of-prey Bloodwing to aid in attacking enemies.
- Borderlands 2 has DLC character Gaige, whose ability summons a giant robot called Death-Trap that can be upgraded to be more powerful.
- Lieza of Arc The Lad II an a gifted ability to communicate with beasts and allow them to join the party.
- The player character from AdventureQuest can become a beastmaster as a class.
- As with Pokémon, most Shin Megami Tensei protagonists qualify.
- The Beast Master kit in Baldur's Gate II. It gets the special abilities of Summon Animals (a low-level druid spell) in return for the inability to use metal weapons and armour. It is generally considered to be the worst or second-worst kit in the game, its only main competitor being the Wizard Slayer.
- Matsu from Sengoku Basara has the unique ability to summon animals to aid in her attacks, including boars, hawks, moles, bears and a white wolf.
- The summoning tree of magic in Arcanum begins this way. Unfortunately it doesn't make for a very powerful build in and of itself.
- The Ranger specialization in Dragon Age: Origins allows characters to summon wolves, bears or enormous spiders to help out in combat.
- Greyback from Battle Realms has animal magnetism so strong that wild wolves will never attack him, and will instead automatically attach themselves to him as bodyguards and fight with him to the death.
- ADOM has a villain employing such methods: the last level of the dungeon of Keethrax the Black Druid is populated with animals, including kinds more dangerous than usual at that character level.
- The Lore Master class in Lord of the Rings Online can summon several species of animals, from ravens to grizzly bears to lynxes.
- RuneScape doesn't have a class system, but all players are capable of being The Beastmaster if they wish, with summonable followers that can fight for them, heal them or even carry their loot, as well as purely cosmetic pets.
- Koh and his father Guy from Azure Dreams, are renowned in the game for being able to tame most monsters, even the most ferocious ones.
- The Zortroa Kinship tribe from Wild ARMs XF. The whole tribe consists of people who control monsters and make them fight alongside.
- Fantasy Life has pets that can be used in battle.
- Beastlords in Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel. Living in caves with radiation mutated them, gave them telepathy and also drove them insane, making them crave human meat. In battle they control various mutant animals and throw exploding beetles as grenades. They are the only enemies that cannot be recruited by the Brotherhood after they are defeated and things go From Bad to Worse. The Brotherhood tried to harness their ability for the common good, but concluded that they can only be useful by working to death in penal camps.
- Grineer Drahk Masters in Warframe train and use the pig-like Drahks in combat, which they can endlessly summon. Drahk Masters wear a heavy suit with padded arms much like police K9 trainers, allowing them to deflect the player's melee blows from in front; paired with their throwing mace which can disarm you, they can become highly obnoxious foes. The Tenno train Kubrows, a monotreme dog-like creature, and augment them with shield generators to assist them in combat, albeit only one Kubrow at a time.
- The Global Guardians PBEM Universe's Menagerie can not only can assume the shapes of animals, she can communicate with them and command them. Brazilian hero Junglemaster controls both plants and animals. Archdruid adds weather control to Junglemaster's power set.
- DC Nation's Fauna has this ability, bribing local raccoons to watch Dr. Thompson's clinic, gathering information from stray dogs, and so forth. She tried to use it when a right-wing militia was attacking her hometown, recruiting everything from flocks of birds to the local livestock, only to get soundly scolded by Nightwing for reckless behavior. She hadn't used it since, even though she will still talk to animals.
- Whateley Universe: Whateley Academy student Dragonrider has a dragon she can command. She created it and gave it life. Other students like Aquerna and Arachne have command over one type of creature: squirrels and spiders, respectively.
- The main character of Worm has the power to psychically command invertebrates, such as insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. She has lots of fine control over them, to the point where she can summon them unconsciously to aid her when under stress. Another character has the power to transform dogs into huge, incredibly strong Lovecraftian monsters, but she can't control them mentally. Instead, she has to train the dogs to respond to words and whistled commands, otherwise they wreak havoc when she transforms them.
- In Cracked's Photoplasty contest 28 Inspirational Image Memes (Revised for Honesty), a collection of fan-made Fauxtivational Posters, #5 is "If at first you don't succeed, command an army of birds."
- With magic people can control animals in The Saints.
- In Enter the Farside, Alpha has the ability to assume the 'alpha' status of any animal near her, which means they form a pack with her as the head. She can also issue verbal commands to them that they understand, and can perform to the best of their abilities.
- Tavros of Homestuck can psychically control pretty much any kind of animal or creature, including the trolls' guardian lusus. This control also extends to the enemies they fight in the Medium, ironically making him one of the most powerful players in their session (although he refuses to actually hurt any of them). Then it turns out that this power extends to Becquerel, and that he's successfully controlled said reality-warping god-dog before. And it turns out that the former Troll Empress-turned-Black Queen has similar control over the equally powerful GCat.
- Zoophobia's Carrie is a master creature-handler, and teaches the practice at the academy.
- Puffington from Corgi Quest specializes in summoning creatures to fight for her, including her eidolon Sparky. Unlike most examples of this trope, she doesn't have any special control over ordinary animals.
- The Anima from Tower of God. Special in this case would be the fact that they are all aquatically themed, since the Tower is filled with water-like Shinsoo.
- One of the three schools of magic in the Battlepug series falls under this trope. The hero is one such example, as is the villain Catwulf.
- Although it was not an ability held by his original comic book incarnation, several versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Rat King possess the ability to control rats, and use them to attack. It becomes especially troublesome when fighting against Splinter, since he can control him as well.
- Soundwave. One of his most distinguishing traits is the menagerie of loyal animal (and two humanoid) robots that he can release from the tape compartment that makes up his chest.
- Occasionally his Autobot counterpart, Blaster, has his own set of tape-bots as well.
- The youngest prince in Conan The Adventurer has this as his ability, though mostly he's only good enough to command his loyal ferret.
- Jar Jar kriffing Binks, of all people, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Fluttershy in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can win over and command anything from a herd of rabbits to a full grown dragon, a cockatrice, and even Cerberus himself. Unfortunately, on the rare occasion that her creature-charming fails, she suffers a fair amount of Sanity Slippage and resorts to physically chasing and trapping the animals so that they may love her!
- Ma'ti of Captain Planet can communicate and guide any creature on Earth.
- Roxy, the seventh fairy in the Winx Club, is the 'Fairy of Animals'. While intially only able to communicate with animals, and enable them to speak with other humans, she later gains this power. Her first use is to summon of horde of rats to successfully Zerg Rush Gantlos.
- Zak Saturday of The Secret Saturdays fits this to a T.
- Sindbad (Bluto) tamed a wide spectrum of beasts, from lions to dragons, even a two headed giant and a Roc!
- Teebo in Ewoks can summon animals and get them to fulfill specific tasks, he can also hypnotize them and understand their language.
- Steven Universe has made friends with a magical pink lion, now named Lion, which was later revealed to have been previously allied to his mother, Rose Quartz.
- In Defenders of the Earth, Jedda's special talent is the ability to communicate telepathically with nearby animals, including those of non-terrestrial origin.