Playing With / Pet Heir

Basic Trope: Deceased relative leaves fortune, or some of it, to his/her pet.
  • Straight: Great Aunt Hortense leaves most of her fortune to her Lap Dog, Mister Snuggles.
  • Exaggerated: Great Aunt Hortense has a humongous menagerie of all kinds of animals and leaves her entire fortune to them.
  • Downplayed:
    • The family gets a sizable portion of the estate, while the Yorkshire Terrier gets the Aunt's collection of bottle caps.
    • Great Aunt Hortense wills most of her fortune to a fund destined to finance her private animal reserve.
    • Great Aunt Hortense leaves her massive vegetable garden to her pet tortoise.
  • Justified:
    • The family was deemed inadequate inheritors and Aunt Hortense wants her precious little dog to be taken care of.
    • Great Aunt Hortense has no other family.
  • Inverted:
    • Mister Snuggles leaves money to his fateful maid, Great Aunt Hortense.
    • Great Aunt Hortense leaves Mister Snuggles to her grand-nephew.
  • Subverted: Despite the Old Aunt's stinginess during life, she leaves most of her money to her relatives.
  • Double Subverted: But Mister Snuggles gets her mansion and her sports car.
  • Parodied: Great Aunt Hortense leaves her fortune to her pet rock.
  • Zig Zagged: Great Aunt Hortense leaves her fortune to her dog, but wills custody of the dog to her family members who gain access to the fortune by proxy. And even then, they still spend most of the money on things for the dog, because that's what she would have wanted.
  • Averted:
    • Great Aunt Hortense had no pet, and left her fortune to her relatives and close friends.
    • Great Aunt Hortense had a pet dog named Mister Snuggles, but was not even mentioned in the will.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Great Aunt Hortense buys a dog because she had no one else to give her fortune to after her death.
  • Exploited: Great Aunt Hortense is just hiding and pretending to leave her estate to Mister Snuggles is a Secret Test of Character to determine who among her relatives deserves to be her actual heir.
  • Defied: One of Great Aunt Hortense's relatives kill Mister Snuggles before Hortense's death.
  • Discussed: "I can't believe the dog got the estate and I get Aunt Hortense's collection of creepy dolls!"
  • Conversed: ???

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