"Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
— Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality, describing this Unbuilt Trope
Who holds a dog hostage!? Were you guys sitting around in your caves thinking, "you know what, people don't think we're big enough assholes, lets kidnap a dog!"
— Colbert Report 2/10/14 (a report about the Taliban kidnapping a dog)
Nooo-ooone...plots like Gaston!
Takes cheap shots like Gaston!
Plans to persecute harmless crackpots like Gaston!
"I watched Jane die. I was there, and I watched her die. I watched her overdose and choke to death. I could have saved her, but I didn't."
—Walter White to Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad
"I'm getting five hundred phone calls a day asking what the hell is going on, that our police force is brutalizing women and misplacing children. Christ, all this picture needs now is for someone to kick a puppy for the cameras."
— Mayor Cryer, Changeling
You know, you didn't have to kill your cat just to prove you're a ruthless bitch.
" If you're going to have your bad guy do something despicably evil by destroying something huge, make it something that the PCs care about. Something they've fought for and made sacrifices to save.
"Something they've actually heard of before."
"Well then... off to count my money and eviscerate some kittens."
— Alistair, one of Deadpool's managers
He always seemed the kind of man who enjoyed kicking stray dogs.
— Arl Eamon on Arl Rendon Howe, Dragon Age: Origins
I've murdered tens of thousands in cold blood. If I can't ice the sad-eyed puppy too, I don't deserve the job.
— from the Evil Empress Guide
"Killed a few puppies today?"
— Tyrion to King Joffrey, Game of Thrones
"I'll take the catalyst...and your powers too, Hiro."
— Arthur Petrelli, the jackdouche supreme, Heroes
Casual animal violence is the new mustache twirl. You get down to some petty cruelty.
Killing a dog is sort of cinematic short of hand – no matter what you will instantly hate the killer of said dog. It's an easy way to characterize a villain, and thus it is used often.
— Horror Movie a Day review of Red
Jodie: Damn it! Could I be any more of a bad guy in this situation?
Eric: Well, you could have punched a puppy.
"Give me the amulet, you BITCH!"
— Dracula, The Monster Squad, to a five-year-old girl.
Just who...had the nerve...to put a puppy and baby seal in my path!!
— Boa Hancock, One Piece
Sam: Gee, I don't know anybody who could firebomb kittens...
Max: Here, let me!
Waluigi: Dear Tumblr. Yesterday i got a visitor in my front door. It was a lonely puppy, standing outside in the rain, yapping at my door. So i opened the door... And i kicked the dog.
"But these tender passages, sacred through their fervour, did not pass unobserved by profane eyes; for crouched in the bushes and gritting his teeth was the dastardly 'Squire Hardman! When the lovers had finally strolled away he leapt out into the lane, viciously twirling his moustache and riding-crop, and kicking an unquestionably innocent cat who was also out strolling."
— H.P. Lovecraft, "Sweet Ermengarde"
"Wilder is a stone-cold bastard."
Jotaro Kujo: Hm, there's only an old woman and a dude and a dog.
Yoshikage Kira: Ah? Huh huh huh huh?
(Kira looks around and spots Pokky in between the legs of the disguised Rubber Soul.)
Pokky: Bow bow bow bow!
Jotaro: What. This old lady's nec... uh legs, there's a dog's head poking out between them.
(The disguised Rubber Soul devours the dog.)
Kira: My Pokky!
(Killer Queen appears in the background for a brief moment.)