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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.
  • 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: ???
  • 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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