Main Petthe Dog Discussion

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01:50:48 PM Mar 13th 2013
Why do we have YMMV page for this article?
02:32:40 PM Mar 13th 2013
We don't; the button was showing up because the page type was set as "index" rather than "trope". Fixed.
05:38:27 PM Jul 3rd 2012
If I knew how to word it properly, I'd add "Adam Resurrected". It's a 2008 film where Jeff Goldblum plays a Jew who survives the holocaust because a Nazi played by Willem Dafoe finds him amusing and forces Goldblum to behave like a dog (and live with Dafoe's German Shepherd, whom Dafoe loves). Not entirely sure how to classify this, as it takes itself very seriously. It does, however, have a 'Shoot the Dog' punchline where, once given freedom and a gun, Dafoe challenges Golblum to kill himself, but he instead shoots the German Shepherd.
05:51:10 PM Jul 1st 2012
edited by captainsandwich
I don't feel i need to ask permission to edit a page unless i fear i will change the meaning, its a wiki after all. would it be missleading. as such i am asking if it would be bad if i changed added potholes so it would part of it would read: No one who likes cats is totally evil.
01:25:08 PM Apr 8th 2012
Sort this entry out here rather than edit warring around it.
05:00:12 PM Apr 10th 2012
edited by ryanasaurus0077
I do believe that the MPAA rating the film R was an evil act, because this is a film that needs to be shown in school across the nation so its anti-bullying message can be heard. If anything, the MPAA's Heel-Face Turn on this issue was quite the genuinely pleasant surprise to those who thought the Weinsteins were beyond hope of giving the film the exposure to the education audience that it truly needs. Of course, as to the "evil" part of the MPAA's initial opinion, Your Mileage May Vary, as evidenced by the Parents Television Council complaining about this unexpected act of kindness from the MPAA.
11:49:42 PM Aug 22nd 2011
I cut a lot of the Indiana Jones examples because Indy is basically good. There are some gray elements to his character, but he's basically a Knight in Sour Armor. A such, I don't think he really fits this trope.
08:10:34 AM May 21st 2011
Concerning this example that was deleted:

  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has a touching moment where Ezio, who is a bit of a jerk even to his friends and allies, finds a young boy who is crying. He sits down next to him and asks him what's wrong, and speaks to him in such a kind hearted and uplifting way that it has to qualify for a Pet the Dog moment.

The trope does not deal specifically with villains. It deals with people who mistreat other people a lot, including Jerkasses.

This trope is relevant to heroes in the same way Kick the Dog can be.
01:49:30 AM Mar 31st 2011
Pain in Naruto has a literal pet the dog past?
04:00:35 PM Dec 5th 2010
Should this trope be divided into sub-pages?
04:28:00 AM Mar 14th 2010
Is the Doctor Who example a zigzag? First Blon tries to invoke the trope, then the doctor subverts it by lampshading what she is doing, then Blon claims that his lampshade proves that he is no better since he knows the trope all too well not to do it himself, then she attempts to re-invoke it as the dog.
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