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* Ciel from ''Manga/BlackButler'' is a 12 year old rich kid in control of a demon who just happens to be working as a butler in his mansion. Sebastian, the demon, pretty much does whatever Ciel tells him to do. He won't do anything without Ciel ordering him to.

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* Ciel from ''Manga/BlackButler'' is a 12 year old rich kid in control of a demon who just happens to be working as a butler in his mansion. Sebastian, the demon, pretty much does whatever Ciel tells him to do. He won't do anything without Ciel ordering him to. Of course, it's also quite clear he will eat Ciel's soul as soon as he fulfills the admittedly vague terms of their contract.

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* ''TabletopGame/LeviathanTheTempest:'' {{Deconstructed}} with Atolls, who effectively have the ability to enthrall Leviathans much as Leviathans enthrall ordinary humans. A few words from an Atoll can permanently add dots to a Leviathan's KarmaMeter or take them away. The book makes it very clear that these relationships tend to be incredibly dysfunctional on both sides.


* Heroine of several ForgottenRealms short stories (''Thieves' Reward'', ''Thieves' Honor'', ''Thieves' Justice'') by Mary H. Herbert, thief Teza managed to [[strike:swindle AntiVillain out of]] magically bind an [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Aughisky aughisky]] - a very rare sentient [[CarnivoreConfusion humanoid-eating]] [[HorseOfADifferentColor horse]]. She both rode him and got rid of many enemies by her monster's teeth. Teza loved even ''normal'' horses and cared ''very'' well for the most cool and beautiful mount she ever saw. That paid off when control was broken: instead of simply devouring her, the aughisky [[spoiler:saved her life and left. And even allied with her later on.]]

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* Heroine of several ForgottenRealms Literature/ForgottenRealms short stories (''Thieves' Reward'', ''Thieves' Honor'', ''Thieves' Justice'') by Mary H. Herbert, thief Teza managed to [[strike:swindle AntiVillain out of]] magically bind an [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Aughisky aughisky]] - a very rare sentient [[CarnivoreConfusion humanoid-eating]] [[HorseOfADifferentColor horse]]. She both rode him and got rid of many enemies by her monster's teeth. Teza loved even ''normal'' horses and cared ''very'' well for the most cool and beautiful mount she ever saw. That paid off when control was broken: instead of simply devouring her, the aughisky [[spoiler:saved her life and left. And even allied with her later on.]]


* Yugi from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is an arguable example, once he figures out how to communicate with the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide 3000-year-old pharaoh]] [[SealedGoodInACan possessing his necklace]], and tells him that [[DisproportionateRetribution ideas of justice]] have [[MoralDissonance changed somewhat]] in the last couple of millennia.

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* *''Anime/YuGiOh'':
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Yugi from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is an arguable example, once he figures out how to communicate with the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide 3000-year-old pharaoh]] [[SealedGoodInACan possessing his necklace]], and tells him that [[DisproportionateRetribution ideas of justice]] have [[MoralDissonance changed somewhat]] in the last couple of millennia.


->'''Yami Yugi''': Couldn't I just mind-crush him?\\
'''Yugi''': You can't fix all your problems by mind-crushing people!\\
'''Yami Yugi''': Oh, come on! Just one little mind-crush, it'll barely hurt him.\\
'''Yugi''': No! Bad pharaoh! No mind-crush!
--> -- ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''

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->'''Yami Yugi''': Yugi:''' Couldn't I just mind-crush him?\\
'''Yugi''': '''Yugi:''' You can't fix all your problems by mind-crushing people!\\
'''Yami Yugi''': Yugi:''' Oh, come on! Just one little mind-crush, it'll barely hurt him.\\
'''Yugi''': '''Yugi:''' No! Bad pharaoh! No mind-crush!
--> -- -->-- ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''



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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Evangeline's first partner, the doll Chachazero, is a bloodthirsty thing that would rock ''Chucky's'' boxers. She often councils her mistress towards violence, murder, and mayhem. This is despite the fact that Evangeline herself is already a notoriously evil vampire sorceress with a huge bounty on her head...
** Also inverted in Evageline's relationship with her other partner Chachamaru, a gentle-souled FriendToAllLivingThings of a RobotGirl.

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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
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Evangeline's first partner, the doll Chachazero, is a bloodthirsty thing that would rock ''Chucky's'' boxers. She often councils her mistress towards violence, murder, and mayhem. This is despite the fact that Evangeline herself is already a notoriously evil vampire sorceress with a huge bounty on her head...
** Also inverted in Evageline's Evangeline's relationship with her other partner Chachamaru, a gentle-souled FriendToAllLivingThings of a RobotGirl.



* In a way, the title character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' embodies this trope, as did Gaara before the events of Part 2. Naruto's "partner" is concerned mainly with protecting himself and therefore Naruto, and only aids him if he is in danger.
** Besides keeping itself alive, the fox has an ulterior motive to letting Naruto draw on its power: [[spoiler: once enough tails are released it starts to regain physical form. And the more often Naruto draws on its power, the easier it becomes for the Kyuubi to influence him]].
*** [[spoiler: As of chapter 570, Kurama (the fox) is now very willing to help Naruto out, having grown to deeply care for him and possibly believing him to be the reincarnation of the tailed beasts' father figure, The Sage of the Six Paths.]]

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* In a way, the title character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' embodies this trope, as did Gaara before the events of Part 2. Naruto's "partner" is concerned mainly with protecting himself and therefore Naruto, and only aids him if he is in danger.
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danger. Besides keeping itself alive, the fox has an ulterior motive to letting Naruto draw on its power: [[spoiler: once [[spoiler:once enough tails are released it starts to regain physical form. And the more often Naruto draws on its power, the easier it becomes for the Kyuubi to influence him]].
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him]]. [[spoiler:As of chapter 570, Kurama (the fox) is now very willing to help Naruto out, having grown to deeply care for him and possibly believing him to be the reincarnation of the tailed beasts' father figure, The Sage of the Six Paths.]]



* In an omake story for ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', Tom's relationship with [[HairTriggerTemper Shizuo]] is shown to actually be a subversion. Tom is actually insulted by suggestions that Shizuo is his to control ("The kid isn't a ''dog''.") and, despite the fact that Shizuo was hired to be Tom's bodyguard, Tom actively ''avoids'' making Shizuo fight for him. In fact, several details (such as who pays for Shizuo's property damage) imply that Tom offered the job mostly for ''Shizuo's'' benefit.

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* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'':
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In an omake story for ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', story, Tom's relationship with [[HairTriggerTemper Shizuo]] is shown to actually be a subversion. Tom is actually insulted by suggestions that Shizuo is his to control ("The kid isn't a ''dog''.") and, despite the fact that Shizuo was hired to be Tom's bodyguard, Tom actively ''avoids'' making Shizuo fight for him. In fact, several details (such as who pays for Shizuo's property damage) imply that Tom offered the job mostly for ''Shizuo's'' benefit.



* The ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' manga seems to be headed this way, with Ritsuka holding Soubi's leash when he wants to "deal with" Ritsuka's mother in violent (and permanent) fashion. Lately, he's also started down the "teaching morality" track.

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* The ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' manga seems to be headed this way, with Ritsuka holding Soubi's leash when he wants to "deal with" Ritsuka's mother in violent (and permanent) fashion. Lately, he's also started down the "teaching morality" track.



-->'''Tom''': There are all sorts of spells; hexes and jinxes, curses, charms... there are spells to find things, to protect you, to hide things, and spells to hurt the people who hurt you.
-->'''Harry''': Like Abra Kadabra?
-->'''Tom''': Yes. Like [[OneHitKill Abra Kadabra.]]

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-->'''Tom''': -->'''Tom:''' There are all sorts of spells; hexes and jinxes, curses, charms... there are spells to find things, to protect you, to hide things, and spells to hurt the people who hurt you. \n-->'''Harry''': \\
'''Harry:'''
Like Abra Kadabra?
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Kadabra?\\
'''Tom:'''
Yes. Like [[OneHitKill Abra Kadabra.]]



-->'''Tristan''': [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard]]... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck go play...]]

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-->'''Tristan''': -->'''Tristan:''' [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard]]... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck go play...]]



-->'''L''': Bad Light! No killing!

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-->'''L''': -->'''L:''' Bad Light! No killing!



* In ''SolInvictus'', Zoro would only take orders from Luffy. The other characters note that she seems to be the only one who can do it.

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* In ''SolInvictus'', ''Fanfic/SolInvictus'', Zoro would only take orders from Luffy. The other characters note that she seems to be the only one who can do it.



* The premise of ''Film/DannyTheDog'' (known as Unleashed in some countries) is a variation in which a gangster has raised a man as a dog - a dog with deadly martial arts skills - who, when he has his collar removed, serves his master's whims rather than his own, mainly debt collection and pit fighting. [[GladiatorRevolt Guess what happens...]]

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* The premise of ''Film/DannyTheDog'' (known as Unleashed in some countries) is a variation in which a gangster has raised a man as a dog - -- a dog with deadly martial arts skills - -- who, when he has his collar removed, serves his master's whims rather than his own, mainly debt collection and pit fighting. [[GladiatorRevolt Guess what happens...]]





* ''VirginRipper'': Nagi is a kitten who becomes a cat-boy shinigami (think [[{{Hellsing}} Schrodinger]] with [[Manga/OnePiece Captain Kuro's]] [[WolverineClaws sword gloves]]). After being traumatized he thinks the title "Ripper"[[note]] From the translators: Yes, it ought to be "reaper" and yes we know how bad it sounds.[[/note]] is his mama and will do anything to protect her, including [[AmbiguousInnocence "making squishy"]] anyone who threatens her, even her friends. She will no doubt try to correct this but trauma or not Nagi [[BlueAndOrangeMorality is still]] [[CatsAreMean a cat]].

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* ''VirginRipper'': Nagi is a kitten who becomes a cat-boy shinigami (think [[{{Hellsing}} [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Schrodinger]] with [[Manga/OnePiece Captain Kuro's]] [[WolverineClaws sword gloves]]). After being traumatized he thinks the title "Ripper"[[note]] From the translators: Yes, it ought to be "reaper" and yes we know how bad it sounds.[[/note]] is his mama and will do anything to protect her, including [[AmbiguousInnocence "making squishy"]] anyone who threatens her, even her friends. She will no doubt try to correct this but trauma or not Nagi [[BlueAndOrangeMorality is still]] [[CatsAreMean a cat]].


->'''Yami Yugi:''' Couldn't I just mind-crush him?\\
'''Yugi:''' You can't fix all your problems by mind-crushing people!\\
'''Yami Yugi:''' Oh, come on! Just one little mind-crush, it'll barely hurt him.\\
'''Yugi:''' No! Bad pharaoh! No mind-crush!

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->'''Yami Yugi:''' Yugi''': Couldn't I just mind-crush him?\\
'''Yugi:''' '''Yugi''': You can't fix all your problems by mind-crushing people!\\
'''Yami Yugi:''' Yugi''': Oh, come on! Just one little mind-crush, it'll barely hurt him.\\
'''Yugi:''' '''Yugi''': No! Bad pharaoh! No mind-crush!



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-->'''Tom:''' There are all sorts of spells; hexes and jinxes, curses, charms... there are spells to find things, to protect you, to hide things, and spells to hurt the people who hurt you.
-->'''Harry:''' Like Abra Kadabra?
-->'''Tom:''' Yes. Like [[OneHitKill Abra Kadabra.]]

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-->'''Tom:''' -->'''Tom''': There are all sorts of spells; hexes and jinxes, curses, charms... there are spells to find things, to protect you, to hide things, and spells to hurt the people who hurt you.
-->'''Harry:''' -->'''Harry''': Like Abra Kadabra?
-->'''Tom:''' -->'''Tom''': Yes. Like [[OneHitKill Abra Kadabra.]]



-->'''Tristan:''' [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard]]... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck go play...]]

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-->'''Tristan:''' -->'''Tristan''': [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard]]... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck go play...]]



-->'''L:''' Bad Light! No killing!

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-->'''L:''' -->'''L''': Bad Light! No killing!



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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Essentially how Tywin views Tyrion's relationship with the wildling clans.


* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', John Connor discovers early on in the film that he has complete verbal control over the Terminator cyborg played by Schwarzenegger. Of course, he also learns he has to [[LiteralGenie word his instructions carefully]] -- an instruction to not kill anyone leads to a guard getting shot in the leg, with the explanation, "[[OnlyAFleshWound He'll live]]."

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* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', John Connor discovers early on in the film that he has complete verbal control over the Terminator cyborg played by Schwarzenegger. Of course, he also learns he has to [[LiteralGenie [[ExactWords word his instructions carefully]] -- an instruction to not kill anyone leads to a guard getting shot in the leg, with the explanation, "[[OnlyAFleshWound He'll live]]."


* Van Vun Chan and his minion Archibald Grimms in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'', who keeps Archibald in line with careful instructions, insanity notwithstanding... mostly to keep him from slaughtering civilians. For a villain, Van isn't a bad guy.

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* Van Vun Chan Vat Tran and his minion Archibald Grimms in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2'', who keeps Archibald in line with careful instructions, insanity notwithstanding... mostly to keep him from slaughtering civilians. For a villain, Van isn't a bad guy.


* ''VirginRipper'': Nagi is a kitten who becomes a cat-boy shinigami (think [[{{Hellsing}} Schrodinger]] with [[OnePiece Captain Kuro's]] [[WolverineClaws sword gloves]]). After being traumatized he thinks the title "Ripper"[[note]] From the translators: Yes, it ought to be "reaper" and yes we know how bad it sounds.[[/note]] is his mama and will do anything to protect her, including [[AmbiguousInnocence "making squishy"]] anyone who threatens her, even her friends. She will no doubt try to correct this but trauma or not Nagi [[BlueAndOrangeMorality is still]] [[CatsAreMean a cat]].

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* ''VirginRipper'': Nagi is a kitten who becomes a cat-boy shinigami (think [[{{Hellsing}} Schrodinger]] with [[OnePiece [[Manga/OnePiece Captain Kuro's]] [[WolverineClaws sword gloves]]). After being traumatized he thinks the title "Ripper"[[note]] From the translators: Yes, it ought to be "reaper" and yes we know how bad it sounds.[[/note]] is his mama and will do anything to protect her, including [[AmbiguousInnocence "making squishy"]] anyone who threatens her, even her friends. She will no doubt try to correct this but trauma or not Nagi [[BlueAndOrangeMorality is still]] [[CatsAreMean a cat]].


* In ''StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', the assassin droid HK-47 enthusiastically offers to kill almost every character you meet. (Whether or not you allow him to do so is up to you.)
* In ''SummonNight: Swordcraft Story 2'', the player may choose the half-angel, half-devil Dinah as their [[TheKidWithTheLeash Guardian Beast]]. Her devil half ''claims'' to be [[NobleDemon heartless and evil]], and that she's forced by circumstance to work for the main character. Her catchphrase is "I guess I don't have a choice", whenever Edge/Air announces his/her plans to do ''anything''. Her failure to be ''completely'' evil is just that blasted angel interfering plus enlightened self-interest, honest! No, really!

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* In ''StarWars: ''Franchise/StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', the assassin droid HK-47 enthusiastically offers to kill almost every character you meet. (Whether or not you allow him to do so is up to you.)
* In ''SummonNight: ''VideoGame/SummonNight: Swordcraft Story 2'', the player may choose the half-angel, half-devil Dinah as their [[TheKidWithTheLeash Guardian Beast]]. Her devil half ''claims'' to be [[NobleDemon heartless and evil]], and that she's forced by circumstance to work for the main character. Her catchphrase is "I guess I don't have a choice", whenever Edge/Air announces his/her plans to do ''anything''. Her failure to be ''completely'' evil is just that blasted angel interfering plus enlightened self-interest, honest! No, really!


* [[spoiler:Wendy]] in ''RuleOfRose'' controls [[spoiler:the serial killer Stray Dog by pretending to be his dead son, and literally walks him on a leash and trains him like a dog. Once she sets him loose, there's no stopping him, however.]]

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* [[spoiler:Wendy]] in ''RuleOfRose'' ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' controls [[spoiler:the serial killer Stray Dog by pretending to be his dead son, and literally walks him on a leash and trains him like a dog. Once she sets him loose, there's no stopping him, however.]]


** The Stark children's direwolves have grown up into ''extremely'' dangerous animals. All of them (apart from, ironically, [[spoiler:Lady, who despite having never put a paw wrong, was ordered to be killed]]) have had to be confined [[spoiler:or driven away, later to terrorise a country,]] at one time or another for everyone's safety. The worst offender was Shaggydog, who was nigh-uncontrollable, due to the kid being troubled four-year-old Rickon. But yet the wolves have also saved their owners' lives on several occasions.

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** The Stark children's direwolves have grown up into ''extremely'' dangerous animals. All of them (apart from, ironically, [[spoiler:Lady, who despite having never put a paw wrong, was ordered to be killed]]) have had to be confined [[spoiler:or driven away, later to terrorise a country,]] at one time or another for everyone's safety. The worst offender was Shaggydog, who was nigh-uncontrollable, due to the kid being troubled four-year-old Rickon. But yet the wolves have also saved their owners' lives on several occasions.








* While Alice likes to pretend otherwise, it ultimately IS Oz who holds the leash in ''PandoraHearts''. The terms of the contract between the teenage nobleman and the demonic, scythe-wielding 'Bloodstained Black Rabbit' are uncertain at best, but Oz's superb willpower means that he can effectively shut down Alice if she gets out of hand. [[spoiler:Or the fact that those powers were his to begin with, and Alice was just a vessel for said powers.]]

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* While Alice likes to pretend otherwise, it ultimately IS Oz who holds the leash in ''PandoraHearts''.''Manga/PandoraHearts''. The terms of the contract between the teenage nobleman and the demonic, scythe-wielding 'Bloodstained Black Rabbit' are uncertain at best, but Oz's superb willpower means that he can effectively shut down Alice if she gets out of hand. [[spoiler:Or the fact that those powers were his to begin with, and Alice was just a vessel for said powers.]]

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