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Playing With: All Animals Are Domesticated
Basic Trope: Any animal can be tamed and taught to live like a house pet
  • Straight: Bob has a pet grizzly bear that sleeps in Bob's back garden, eats honey from his hand, and comes when he hears his name called.
  • Exaggerated: Bob has a pet tyrannosaurus rex that acts like an overgrown lap dog around him.
  • Downplayed: Bob has a pet squirrel that is tame, but generally acts like a squirrel.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has raised his bear from since it was a cub; he knows how to read the bear's mood, knows what food he likes, and has a generous amount of land for him to roam in.
    • Bob is a Fluffy Tamer with a supernatural ability to tame any animal.
    • Humans have actively and passively made domestication practically a required survival trait.
  • Inverted: In a Scavenger World, there are no domesticated animals; even dogs and cats run wild and are wary of humans.
  • Subverted: Bob approaches a wild bear with honey, who seems to react to it, but then attacks Bob.
  • Double Subverted: But he was just playing. After eating the honey, he licks Bob's face affectionately.
  • Parodied: Bob enters his bear in the American Kennel Club Dog Show. The bear gets disqualified for not being of breed standards.
  • Zig Zagged: Some wild animals can be domesticated, while others, not so much.
  • Averted: All wild animals are depicted as wild.
  • Enforced: "We need more cute animals. Bring in a bear!"
  • Lampshaded: "I didn't know it was even possible to tame a bear..." "Yeah, isn't it awesome?"
  • Invoked: Bob finds a bear and decides that he wants it as a pet.
  • Exploited: Bob's grizzly bear makes a very effective guard animal, since his very presence deters would-be intruders.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to get anywhere near a wild animal, recognizing the danger.
  • Discussed: "I hear Bob has a pet bear." "Really? He must spend a fortune on honey and salmon!"
  • Conversed: "Oh, come on! Why do wild animals never act like wild animals in these shows?"
  • Deconstructed: The bear was not meant to live the life of a pet; Bob inevitably has to release him into the wild, but the bear has lost his ability to survive in the wilderness and eventually dies.
  • Reconstructed: Bob hires a professional bear tamer to train the bear as much as is possible and builds him a large enclosure where he can live as a bear without being released to the wild.
  • Played For Laughs: The bear acts like an upper class twit, relaxing on posh chairs drinking tea and eating crumpets.
  • Played For Drama: The bear dreams of the wild and the mate he left behind, causing him much misery and sorrow.

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