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Fluffy the Terribles in western animation.

  • The Bully in The Amazing World of Gumball is a Tyrannosaurus rex named Tina.
    • Penny has (or at least, had) a pet named Mr. Cuddles - Which turns out to be a fairly aggressive tarantula.
  • Cheryl's pet ocelot on Archer regularly mauls people, especially Archer. Its name is Babou.
  • On Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • King Bumi's pet "Flopsie" turns out to be a hulking Goat-Gorilla, though he's actually pretty friendly. There's also "Foo Foo Cuddly Poops" who actually is small since he is a baby, but will eventually grow up to be a gigantic sabertooth moose-lion.
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    • Season 3 brings us Sparky Sparky Boom Man, an assassin that shoots explosions from his forehead and works like the freakin' terminator. Fortunately, he later gets the more appropriate name of Combustion Man.
  • Batman Beyond:
    • In the episode "Babel", the rampaging elephant is named Tiffany.
    • Likewise, a huge gorilla in "Speak No Evil" prompts this exchange:
      Scientist: Fingers!
      Batman: [incredulous] Fingers?
      Scientist: My kids named him.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Grodd has a giant gorilla he calls "Tiny".
  • Bojack Horseman: BoJack's abusive father is named Butterscotch.
  • An episode of Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers had a soda-worshipping cult leader whose big bruiser was named "Bubbles".
  • Darkwing Duck: In one episode, Darkwing finds himself pitted against an African tribal wrestler named "He of delicate bone structure" who turns out two be three times Darkwing's size.
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  • The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy from Dave the Barbarian is the living embodiment of both this trope and the Killer Rabbit. He's one of the primary villains of the series and a powerful dark wizard, but he not only has that absurd name, he actually is a small pig.
  • Dexter's Laboratory has Mandark's humongous inter-dimensional monster monstrosity he calls "Jo Jo". It's a giant 4-eyed slime monster that went on a rampage after Mandark summoned it to one-up Dexter at the science fair.
  • In one episode of Doug, the titular character and his friend lost a frisbee in a yard with an Angry Guard Dog named Lady.
    Doug: That's not a dog, Skeeter. That's a monster!
  • In the Duck Dodgers episode "Back to the Academy", Dodgers' instructor is a man named Sgt. Emily (voiced by Randy Poffo, a.k.a. Randy "Macho-Man" Savage!). Justified in that theirs is a future with a more lax take on names with gender-specific connotations, and that his Mom was a literature buff.
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  • In one episode of the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, the heroes found themselves in a castle belonging to a rather mean giant who owned a slime beast (a savage, hideous, humanoid, bat-like creature that he the giant fed intruders to) named "Willie".
  • Earthworm Jim:
    • An episode of the cartoon featured a frightening-looking demon named Rosebud.
    • Also the revelation that the real name of The Evil Queen, Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed Slug-for-a-Butt was actually "Lucy".
    • Bob the Killer Goldfish (who's also in the Earthworm Jim video games).
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In the episode "This is Your Wish", Cosmo has a three-headed fire-breathing dragon named Snowball.
    • In another episode, a bunch of pirates had crocodiles named "Cuddles" and "Muffin".
  • Futurama:
    • This minor exchange:
      Leela: According to this, the fountain is located within the darkest, most ancient region of space, just past Teddy Bear Junction.
      Professor: Teddy Bear Junction. The worse scum hole in the universe.
    • Played with by Nibbler. He's actually pretty cute, and harmless to humans (and most humanoid aliens), but he's a merciless killing machine with regards to pretty much all non-sapient animals.
    • An earlier episode had Bender and Fry riding giant lizards. To get his to stop, Bender said, "whoa, Nibbles!"
    • While not a living being, Scooty Puff, Sr. (the DOOMBRINGER) deserves mention.
    • Langdon Cobb calls his ego in the form of a giant plant/guard dog Pookie.
    • In "Fry Am the Egg Man," Fry incubates and raises a ferocious dragon-like "Bone Vampire" whom he names "Mr. Peppy."
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • An episode saw the fat cat find a new home with little girl that tortures him with her unique brand of affection. The girl decided her new pet needs to play with her pre-existing pet, a dog named Boopsie. Expecting another Odie to kick around, Garfield meets a large pitbull, and delivers a timeless line:
      Garfield: This... is a Boopsie?!
    • In the U.S. Acres segment, Wade Duck once had a bull named Fido. Fido remained unseen until the end of the episode and only then his species was revealed to the viewers and Orson's brothers.
  • Gravity Falls: If you could think up a name for a highly dangerous, manipulative, trans-dimensional, reality-warping villain, "Bill" probably wouldn't be the first thing to come to mind.
  • On The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy hatches an egg and as a result inadvertently becomes the surrogate father to a hideous giant spider creature named Jeff.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Heloise has a giant half-mechanical spider named Angela.
  • An episode of Johnny Bravo had Johnny hatch a dinosaur egg which was accidentally stolen from a museum. What did he name the dinosaur? Mr. Wuggles.
  • Kaijudo Tatsurion the Unchained is called Bob by his friends. (He reluctantly accepted the nickname, but still... then again, it's better than what his mother calls him -Bare Bottom) He's also a giant hybrid monster that combines the savagery of the Beast Kin and the firepower of the Armored Dragons, and probably the most badass monster of the series.
  • In the Disney animated series The Legend of Tarzan, "Fluffy" was one of the many names Terk and Tantor tried to give a leopard cub. Others included "Doodles", "Bobo" and "Commander Fluffy Paws".
  • Looney Tunes has Gossamer, the Big Hairy Monster from "Hair-Raising Hare". He also appeared in "Water Water Everyhare" under the slightly more imposing name Rudolf. Anything that invokes images of a red-nosed reindeer necessarily isn't imposing, but Rudolf actually would have been to some a pretty frightening name to hear during World War I and II.
  • Played with in Metalocalypse; as governor of Florida, Nathan Explosion is given the opportunity to name a powerful hurricane barrelling towards the state, and he dubs it "Scrambles the Deathdealer".
  • Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series:
    • One of the one-shot villains had a giant snake named Boopsie, in the episode "Beak to the Future".
    • In the episode "Bringing Down Baby", the critter of the title is adorable when he hatches, but eating purple power makes him huge, ugly, and mean. But he still likes Nosedive.
  • In one episode of Mighty Mouse, Oil Can Harry tries to charge an exorbitant insurance premium on Pearl Pureheart's circus, to which Pearl declares "Let's see what Theodore thinks about this!", and Harry replies not being afraid of anyone named "Theodore". When Pearl does call "Theodore", loud thundering footsteps are heard, and the door flings open revealing a huge gorilla who then hurls Harry and Swifty out of Pearl's office. "Theodore" is later revealed to be Mighty Mouse in a gorilla suit.
  • Miraculous Ladybug's main villain's codename in French is Le Papillon ("The Butterfly"). Averted in English and Korean, where he's renamed "Hawk Moth".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: What would you expect a unicorn named "Starlight Glimmer" to be like? "Psychotic cult leader" probably wasn't your first guess. She eventually does a Heel–Face Turn, however.
    • You wouldn't expect a dark villain like Tempest Shadow's real name to be Fizzlepop Berrytwist, would you?
    • In season eight, the villain of the two part finale is an evil manipulative brat bent on taking over Equestria named...Cozy Glow.
  • The Owl House: In "The Intruder", King mentions a demon named "Smoochy-Pie the Sweetbaby", and claims that he's a lot more threatening than the name implies.
  • In Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures as a possible Shout-Out to Harry Potter, there is a three-headed poodle named Fluffy. Normally, it looks cutesy, but it turns darker and puts on a Nightmare Face when it wants to be threatening.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In the episode "The Chronicles of Meap", the bad guy is a sinister, stock-villain-looking space poacher who goes by the name Mitch. "Some of the guys call me Big Mitch."
    • L.O.V.E.-M.U.F.F.I.N. member Rodney has a pet piranha named Fluffy.
  • Pinky and the Brain: the Brain's archenemy, who's proven to be just as smart the already superintelligent Brain (as well as more ruthless and insane), is... a hamster named Snowball, whose name could have been a Shout-Out to George Orwell's Animal Farm.
    • Fathering show Animaniacs had Dot's "pet in a box" running gag, where she would offer to show her cutely-named pet that she keeps in a small box to somebody. When the box is opened, out pops a huge and horrible-looking monster.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, one of the bad guys is named Fuzzy Lumpkins. While he doesn't look too threatening (apart from when seriously pushed), he is still a very territorial... thing who can fall into Unstoppable Rage territory ("GET OFFA MAH PROPERTAH!").
  • A subversion, or at least a joke in the same vein: In Quack Pack, Donald Duck was captured by an alien race and sentenced to receive 50 lashes with a "wet noodle", which is, in fact, a giant serpent with sharp teeth. Although, it did look something like a flat noodle.
  • The Rocko's Modern Life episodes "To Heck and Back" and "Heff in a Handbasket" feature a demon known as Dread Lord Peaches.
  • Rugrats:
    • A Flashback episode revealed that the name of the big, mean, nasty, monster dog next door is Frou-Frou (who apparently used to be... considerably less intimidating).
    • Then there's Fluffy, Angelica's demon of a cat.
  • Lampshaded in Sabrina: The Animated Series when the witches get captured by an army of humanoid mutant squirrels (aptly named the Killer Squirrels). Their leader's name? Fluffy.
    Sabrina: Your name is Fluffy?
    Fluffy: My mother wanted a girl.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In The Movie, SpongeBob and Patrick are chased by a menacing bounty hunter named... Dennis.
    • One episode has Spongebob buying a friend for Gary and naming him "Puffy Fluffy." Only problem is, this critter hates having to share a house with another pet. This provokes Puffy Fluffy into becoming a horrific, hideous monster, almost bordering on Eldritch Abomination, with multiple Sarlacc-like tongues!
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil gives us Toffee. One of the biggest threats in the series... and he's named after a candy.
    Moon: I presume you're the one they call the Lizard?
    Toffee: Yes, but you may call me... Toffee.
    Moon: Toffee?! How is that any better?
  • Teen Titans introduces us to Silkie, a genetically-engineered larva that can chew through steel, has a ravenous appetite, and eventually pupates into what is essentially an animated version of Mothra.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Plucky Duck discovers that Montana Max follows this trope in "Return of the Toxic Revenger":
    Monty: Get outta my factory, duck dweeb, or I'll sic my dog Muffin on you!
    Toxic Revenger: Oh, be still my heart. I'm gonna be attacked by a little doggie named... Muffin? CHOMP
    [maim-arity ensues]
  • Titan Maximum has Clare, not only the most DEADLY assassin in the known solar system...but in a combination of both this trope AND Killer Rabbit, she's also the CUTEST AND MOST ADORABLE THING you've ever seen...until she utterly disembowels you with her BFS made of Aggregated Diamond Nano-Rods.
  • In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Pet", Wander tries to befriend a vicious Xenomorph-like alien that he takes to calling "Captain Tim" (after finding the name on a dog-tag the monster coughed up). He ends up letting Captain Tim stay with Lord Hater, who rather takes a shine to the little monster.
  • Tubbie Mura from Xiaolin Showdown and Xiaolin Chronicles has a pet Chihuahua named Muffin Face. While in the former show he was just a normal and scared puppy, thus averting this trope, in the latter he became much more vicious, being part of Jack Spicer's evil team together with his owner.


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