So the aliens have taken over the world. Or maybe they've captured us and taken us back to their home planet. Either way, they decide we're cute and cuddly and they're going to take us home and keep us. This can also apply with earthbound supernatural races like vampires or demons as well. The main component of the trope is that it's a work where humans are the pets of another species.
Not to be confused with the webseries The Human Pet.
- The Beast And His Pet High School Girl takes place in a world where beastman are the dominant population and humans are considered high maintenance exotic pets: the female lead of the story was kidnapped from the human world and sold as a pet to a wolf man named Zinovy.
- Cross Ange: Riza Randog is a double agent for the a race of humans that can turn into dragons seeks the location of their progenitor, Aura whom was captured by the so-called god Embryo. Riza infiltrated the World of Mana where Embryo used Aura to create a utopia world where magic was possible through Mana; however, those that were unable use it were persecuted and shunned. Embryo later captured Riza and after torturing her gave her to his follower, Sylvia Ikaruga Misurugi who abused her, treating her like an animal: depriving her of clothes, muzzling and shackling her, and even whipping her for failure.
- In Tokyo Ghoul, upper class Ghouls sometimes keep humans as pets. The members of the Ghoul Restaurant train humans to serve as Scrappers, executioners that perform in a "pre-dinner show" by maiming and dismembering the unlucky victims on the night's menu. Juuzou Suzuya is revealed to have been one, prior to being rescued by CCG. The torture and training he underwent transformed him into a perfect killing machine, but left him damaged goods in all ways imaginable.
- World's End Harem: Shota Doi enslaves his former bully Erika, putting her on a collar and leash and forcing her to act like a dog.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: In the original manga, Yugi's snobby classmate Kujirada had a "hidden character" virtual pet that would live two months (as opposed to normal ones, that lived twenty-one days). Unfortunately for him, it was harder to take care of, constantly waking him up in the middle of the night and demanding to be fed. Eventually, the aggressive virtual pet developed a malignant intelligence and the ability to control Kujirada, regarding him as its pet. It also directed him to link it to other kids' devices so it could devour other virtual pets. The evil virtual pet was defeated when it tried to prey on Yugi's pet, which, due to exchanging data with Jonouchi's pet, was far stronger than it looked. Though a little upset that his prized monster was gone, Kujirada was glad he could finally get some sleep.
- The Avengers: In one issue, Tigra is caught by Kraven the Hunter and subjected to a "mnemonic scrambler" (more or less a Slave Collar) that reduces her intelligence to that of a common tiger. He then keeps her like some obedient Right-Hand Cat until Spider-Man shows up and is able to remove it. Some would argue that Tigra was actually lucky; years later, Kraven's madness would be such that he might have turned her into a rug.
- Image Comics: In The Humans, apes reign as the dominate species and humans (or "skins", due to their hairlessness) are animals used as manual labor, lab rats, pets, etc. However, that does little to prevent apes from having sexual relations with humans. Karns, a chimpanzee, keeps a woman as his pet and sexual plaything, naming her Florence. He owned another by the name of Georgene, but made her into a pair of boots.
- Judge Dredd: A rather horrific example occurs to Chief Judge Silver during "Necropolis" when the Dark Judges murder him and keep him as a zombie pet to constantly humiliate him.
- Spawn had a story that followed several dead people through their travails in the afterlife. One of the dangers was an angelic-looking creature descending and carrying one of them away... not for any sort of glory, but because its race valued the souls of entertainers as pets. "Last year it was singers. This year, acrobats."
- In Transformers: Shattered Glass, the Evil Autobot Tailgate finds humans cute and takes Butch Witwicky as a pet, encouraging the other Autobots to do the same.
- An arc for the comic adaptation of The Twilight Zone had a large collection of humans, all seemingly kept prisoner on an alien spaceship. Sometimes they get abducted by a column of light, and return traumatized. One man, a former astronaut is desperate to escape and return to Earth, who gets rejected by the rest for rocking the boat. When he finally manages to get out, he learns that there is no Earth to go back to, and that the humans weren't abducted but saved from its destruction. Demanding an explanation of what they're supposed to be if not prisoners, he's given an answer the form of a drawing depicting a kitten. The issue ends on a narration from the aliens, describing them as getting humans as a rescue instead of from a breeder.
- Black Butler: Several fanfics have Ciel being either turned into a (usually cat) demon or being a neko (human with cat' ears and tail) and is "adopted" by Sebastian as his pet.
- Collared deconstructs the events of "Every Dog Has His Day" as being horribly psychologically damaging to Beast Boy, in part because of his previous experience in the timeline as a circus act for an extremely cruel ringmaster. Robin is furious and makes sure the circus is exposed and shut down.
- Death Note:
- Lab Specimen: Implied after Light is captured by L Ryuk decides to keep a cockroach as a pet and names it "Light II" much to its namesake's annoyance, especially when he realizes that Ryuk thinks of him in much the same way.
- In To Feel Alive Ryuk finds Light to be adorable and considers him to be his favorite pet.
- Foundling: We have this with Reimu (being called "Setugo") when she was taken in by Yakumos, Ren of whom treating her as Chen put it, " like an old bitch would do a lapdog", if he isn't ignoring her (i.e pretending she isn't there). Naturally, when Suika sees her, she describes her as the Yakumos' new pet, although she describes her being unconventional for one.
- In Have Another Sip, an Alice (2009) fic, Jack and the Duchess briefly discuss the possibility of turning Alice into their pet, though it doesn't actually happen.
Duchess: Come now, Jack, tell me the truth about your Alice. Is she a pet to you, hmm?
Jack: I was...seeing her. On the other side, we were dating.
Duchess: Dating, hmm? So would you like me to speak for her? I could do that you know, and we could keep her. Put her in a pretty golden cage, and she could wear a shiny golden collar. You could walk her you know, and play with her.
[The words painted pictures in his head, of Alice in a gilded golden cage in the corner of his room, wearing nothing but a collar around her throat, of him and Duchess walking through the gardens, Alice trailing behind on a leash.]
- The New Adventures of Invader Zim: Played for Laughs in Episode 8 of Season 2. While on the Irken planet of Slumia as part of a trip with Nyx, Gaz is mistaken for an animal (due to the Irkens not recognizing her species) and sent to the pound, where the dim-witted Animal Catcher insists on collaring and grooming her despite her clearly being sapient, using borderline Insane Troll Logic to justify it.
- Fantastic Planet is set on the homeworld of giant, blue humanoid aliens called Draags who keep Oms (humans) as pets, though they also often see them as vermin. The protagonist, Terr, grows up as the pet of a Draag girl named Tiwa.
- The Snow Queen (1957): When Gerda is captured by the robbers, the Robber Girl claims Gerda as her new pet and even puts a leash on her.
- Blade II: Lampshaded by a vampire familiar who would rather be a vampire's pet than a vampire's meal.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019): As Dr. Serizawa is testifying in congress about his refusal to destroy Godzilla on the grounds that humans and Titans can coexist, one senator asks if they should turn Godzilla into a pet. Serizawa retorts that if anything, humanity should accept that they are nothing more than Godzilla's pets.
- The Pet: A poor American girl agrees to "replace" an European aristocrat's recently deceased dog.
- In Pet, Seth is a Stalker with a Crush to Holly, and eventually kidnaps her and locks her in a cage, treating her like a dog.
- Planet of the Apes (2001): One of the ape politicians buys his daughter a human girl as a pet.
- In Superman II, General Zod and Ursa assume that Superman is protecting the human race because he is treating them like pets.
- Transformers: In the first movie, Megatron says he'd let Sam live as his pet if he gave him the Allspark.
- The Woman: A feral Woman is captured and imprisoned in the Cleek family's cellar. Despite his claims of wanting to civilize her, it's clear this is what Chris and Brian intend to treat the Woman as. The Cleeks also have a daughter born without eyes named Socket, whom they also keep locked up and treat like a dog. In the end, after the Woman is freed, she tames Socket as a loyal dog.
- All Tomorrows:
- The Qu changed some humans into a slow-breeding, mindless apes called Hedons, treated them as pampered pets, and gave a paradise world to live in. They also used the sessile Temptors as garden decorations.
- The Saurosapients use the brain-dead descendants of local humans for food and labour purposes.
- The Subjects of the Gravital were modified into many different forms for their civilization. Like works of art, backup dancers, and blood sacrifices.
- Bear Kingdom features a world where bears keep humans as pets and work animals.
- "Breeding Humans" by Harold King, a short story where a race of avians breed a race of humanoids for meat, pets, ect. Eventually one rebels and becomes leader of a race that would call themselves elves.
- Deep Thoughts: One such thought expresses a desire for aliens to conquer Earth and make people their pets, so that the think could have a basket-bed with their name on it.
- Fables For Robots by Stanisław Lem: In How Erg the Self-Inducting Slew a Paleface king Boludar of a robotic kingdom acquiries a live "Homos Antropos" or "paleface" for his collection of curiosities. This new specimen not only tricks the king into letting him out and providing him with a spaceship, but also steals the winding key for the brain of the king's daughter. Considering how humans are treated in the rest of the Fables, it could have ended much worse for the kingdom.
- The Forsaken Children: The humanimals are descended from humans that were brought to the magus world and went feral, only to be domesticated by the fae. They're pretty harmless, only half as tall as normal humans, but humans and any creature that stems from humans usually find them unnerving.
- Gulliver's Travels: In the second section, Gulliver finds himself in Brobdignag, where he's 1/12th the size of everybody else, and he's kept as a pet first by a farming family and later by the King and Queen. Eventually, he finds out that they're looking for a female his size, hoping to breed human pets; he manages to get away (well, accidentally, after a giant bird grabs his cage) before that happens. In the fourth section he's on the island of Houyhnhnms, who are intelligent horses who keep a population of feral humans as beasts of burden, but choose to make Gulliver a housepet due to his relative intelligence.
- In His Dark Materials, Lyra pretends at one moment that she's a dæmon (a Familiar of sorts — long story) that belongs to the king of bears, Iorek Byrnison. She does it to convince another bear, Iofur, that she wants to be his.
- Mush A Dog From Space: It's revealed that Mush has a human pet girl.
- The Pets trilogy by Darla Phelps is all about this trope. Humans are abducted from Earth and sold as pets to giants who are incapable of viewing humans as equals. Its a trilogy series, the first book from the view of one of the giants who buys a woman and names her Pani to cope with the deaths of his wife and daughter. The second book deals with Pani or Judy Baker and her descent into an animal at the hands of her owner. The third book has two points of view: Bacch's nephew who is a biologist who begins to learn that his people have in reality been enslaving another species for their own gain. And Bebe a young woman who was born as a pet and falls in love with her new master.
- Planet of the Apes has the (naked) main character Ulysse taken for a walk by Zira, on a leash... not to attract attention. Ulysse, as a human from Earth, is horribly embarrassed, but Zira tells him that for the apes of planet Soror, it's seeing a dressed and non-leashed human that would look uncanny.
- The Silk And The Song describes a world where generations ago humans attempted to colonize a planet, only to be captured by the native Hussirs. The colonists were stripped of their clothes and technology and used as beasts of labour and cattle by the aliens.
- Titan Empire: Humans — at least the ones descended from those taken from ancient Earth — are owned as pets by the Titans, a race of giant humanoids. The series documents the humans' attempts to gain equality, especially after some modern humans end up in the Empire and are none-too-happy about being pets.
- To Nowhere features this prominently. A portal hidden in an abandoned house leads to a world of giants. Here, normal-sized humans — called "Insignificants" by the giants — are viewed as cute pets and have no rights. There is actually a bustling pet trade, to the point where there are normal humans called "Targeters" whose job it is to lure people to the portal so they can be kidnapped and turned into pets.
- The War of the Worlds: Lampshaded. The artilleryman speculates that after being on Earth for a while, the Martians might start raising humans as pets instead of human bloodbanks, and get all emotional over one who dies on them.
- What The Hell Did I Just Read: A particularly horrifying example happens when one of the hatching Fuckroaches gets pushed into an alternate dimension by Agent Pussnado and transforms the human inhabitants into eight-foot bug monsters who keep stunted, toothless, naked humans that crawl on all fours as pets.
- White Fang Goes Dingo by Thomas M. Disch (sometimes given the sterner title Mankind Under the Leash) is a novella wherein Earth has been taken over by alien energy beings who have taken humans as pets, consciously modelled after human/dog relations. The humans start a rebellion based on the aliens being repulsed by some of the grosser human habits.
- The Wild Boy has an overlap of this and Bond Creatures. Aliens called the Lindauzi keep and breed humans, calling them dogs, and give their young a human pet to bond with on their upright day, their first time walking erect.
- Wings of Fire: A few dragons in the series keep humans as pets (and some editions of the fifth book even come with a letter on the proper care of human pets). Considering that Pyrrhia is a Death World to humans, it's not a terrible situation for the humans to be in. Plus, the dragons who spend time with them come to think of humans as completely adorable. In Moon Rising, the only reason dragons don't eat the scavenger Bandit is because he's someone's pet.
The protagonist: He'd be safer in Winter's cage than anywhere else in the academy.
- There's a chapter book featuring a protagonist who finds himself in this situation on a planet of dogs (who call Earth "Ick" and the humans "Ickys"), though the pup who ultimately becomes his caretaker is quite kind. The pair unintentionally reveal to the company that captured and freeze-dried the protagonist and his ball team (the story kicks off when the protagonist comes to after being freeze-dried and asks what's going on) that humans can talk which would make them novelties. The novelty wears off after it's revealed that the freeze-drying wears off a little at a time every time water is drunk, turning the humans into creatures that are Awesome, but Impractical, which prompts the company to return the humans to Earth. The protagonist ends up being more understanding and affectionate towards his own pet dog.
- The City of Gold and Lead. Will is sent as a slave into the eponymous city to spy on their alien Masters for La Résistance. He's bought by a kindly Master who cites the Man's Best Friend trope when Will nurses him through a lengthy illness, causing Will to realise that his Master regards him as a pet dog or cat. Fortunately this relationship gives Will the leeway to gather information that he otherwise could not get.
- In the final story of Accelerando Aineko, an Artificial Intelligence in the form of a pet cat, reveals that he's been manipulating the protagonists for generations. "Besides, you humans keep pets too. But you were fun to play with."
- Angel: In the dimension of Pylea the natives keep humans as pets... well, not so much "pets" as "beasts of burden".
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?: "...The Zombie Dice" features a malevolent game shop owner who shrinks people down to just a few inches tall and ships them out to exotic places as pets if they lose his challenge.
- The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon claims that he would be willing to be a pet to a race of more intelligent aliens.
- Bones featured a pony play episode.
- CSI: The A-plot of "Unleashed" (Season 11, Episode 19) focused on the bondage version of this, with the victim found dead in a cat costume at a human pet house.
- Dinosaurs: Primitive cavemen are kept as pet and zoo animals by the dinosaurs.
- Doctor Who: The Doctor's companions have been labeled as this by Idris (who tells the Doctor off for "bringing home strays") and Missy (though "snacks" was an alternate possibility).
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch: In one episode, Salem pesters the aunts over his desire to own a pet, which they refuse to allow. Eventually, he goes behind their back and buys a "dogman", a talking, dressed man that stands on two feet, but otherwise behaves like a dog. After Salem fails to be a good owner, he gives his pet to a family of talking dogs.
- True Blood: Inverted in season 5. Emma Garza is abducted in her werewolf form to be Steve Newlin's new pet dog. When she returns to human form, Steve gets angry and orders her to remain in her werewolf form indefinitely.
- The Twilight Zone (1959): In "Stopover in a Quiet Town", a couple wakes up in an abandoned town. At the end of the episode it's revealed that they've been kidnapped by an alien giant to be pets for the giant's daughter.
- The War of the Worlds: Humans being turned into domesticated animals is discussed as a possibility for humanity under Martian rule.
Stranger: These Martians will make pets of some of 'em, train 'em to do tricks. Who knows? Get sentimental over the pet boy who grew up and had to be killed...
- Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning and Hope come to the revelation that the fal'Cie that run Cocoon treat humans like pets — providing them with safety, food, water, and light in exchange for their freedoms. As it turns out, it's more like "sacrificial lambs" than "housepets".
- Phantom Thief Silver Cat: Ginka is treated like one in some punishments, and becomes one permanently in a bad ending.
- World of Warcraft:
- The pet store in Dalaran includes a Gnome Diver in an aquarium tank. Not for sale, mind you.
- While the Gnome Diver can be argued to only be cleaning the tank, the trope is played straight with the various Father Christmas's Helpers (gnomes in holiday gear), the Goblin Cupid, and Squire players' pets.
- Orion's Arm:
- Among the various Human Subspecies are "pet humans" who are usually genetically engineered for lower intelligence and neoteny. They're most popular among Splices and Provolves, seeing as their ancestors were frequently kept as pets or worse. Their ownership is almost universally outlawed in human-dominated areas.
- Some of the more cynical inhabitants of the Terragen sphere think this is the main reason why so many archailects keep modosophonts (human-level beings) around.
- SCP Foundation: SCP-1897 details aliens that come to abduct people which they then lobotomize, castrate, and train as pets.
- The Salvation War: A human pet known as kitten - with the first letter specifically lowercased - is key to human efforts to counteract the invasion from Hell. They don't go anywhere without their boyfriend/Owner and wear a collar and leash, which the military has to account for when including them in study and operations. An example of an intense BDSM lifestyle.
- Family Guy: In "Road to the Multiverse", Stewie and Brian land in a world where dogs keep humans as pets rather than vice-versa. There are dog versions of Peter, Lois, etc., and a human version of Brian.
- Futurama uses this for gag fodder from time to time.
- Occasionally you see a Beast Man with a naked, miniature human on a leash, such as Dave Spiegel and his owner Fluffers the cat woman.
- Bender drops some pretty heavy hints that, while he does genuinely love and care about Fry, this is how he sees their relationship.
Fry: (After Bender suggests they share an apartment) You're sure I won't be imposing?
Bender: Nah, I always wanted a pet.
- In "T: The Terrestrial," Fry gets stranded on Omicron Persei 8 and is taken in by Lrrr's son Jrrr in a Humans Through Alien Eyes takeoff on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. When Bender finally tracks him down, he finds him being treated by an Omicronian vet.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Nergal Jr. briefly keeps the school bully, Sperg, as a pet in the underworld. Sperg at first doesn't like it, but after tasting an octopus arm Jr. threw at him remarks that "it's better than what my mom makes!"
- Krypto the Superdog had an episode where Kevin lands on a planet where dogs keep humans as pets. At the end, when Krypto arrives to rescue him, he pretends that Kevin is his pet to get the dogs to release him without making a fuss.
- My Life as a Teenage Robot: In "Doom With a View", an alien robot from The Cluster (a society of human-hating robots who wish to capture them as slaves for their planet) tries to persuade Jenny into joining their planet. When it captures Brad, it tells him that since he's Jenny's best-friend she could possibly keep him as a pet. Brad later protests saying that collars give him a rash.
- Rick and Morty: In "Lawnmower Dog", Rick builds a device to make their dog Snuffles more intelligent, which leads to the dog improving the device and uplifting all dogs. They take over the world and keep humans as domestic animals; Snuffles (who now calls himself Snowball) keeps Morty as his pet because he always treated the dog well, while other humans are enslaved.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle: Mr. Peabody of the Peabody's Improbable History segments explains his relationship with Sherman as the inverse of the normal relationship between a boy and his pet dog, although in practice he treats him more like an adopted son than a pet. He's even more paternal in the movie.
- Steven Universe:
- Back when Pink Diamond was colonizing Earth, she abducted many humans and placed them in a large space station simply called "The Zoo" where five thousand years later their Manchild descendents live in a closely regulated but peaceful and innocent existence. The "zoomans" are all obliviously happy but have no concept of pain or sadness and just being politely rejected causes them to emotionally collapse. It is later subverted in "Now We're Only Falling Apart", when Pearl explains that the Zoo was actually commissioned by the other Diamonds, misunderstanding Pink's desire to preserve Earth's natural wildlife.
- When Steven's group are on Homeworld, Blue Diamond refers to Connie as Steven's "pet", making him very uncomfortable.
- Teen Titans: In "Every Dog Has His Day", Beast Boy is captured and kept as a pet by an alien. This is a kind of weird example because Beast Boy is a shapeshifter, so he can actually become an animal pet if he wants. The basic premise still fits, though. At the end, the villain agrees to switch roles and become the pet of his original, sapient dog.
- Transformers: Prime: Breakdown the Decepticon assumes that Autobots, including his archenemy Bulkhead, are keeping humans as pets. Megatron uses the term "human pets" in "Persuasion".
- A subset of the BDSM lifestyle. Pony play is a subset of this subset, where the submissives act like horses.
- Puppy play is something similar, with the submissive acting like a dog instead. There is also kitten play or cat play, where the submissive plays a feline persona as well; no doubt, there are other forms of pet play involving other animals as well.
- "Pet" can also pop up as an affectionate term used towards a submissive who is not a slave.
- A fan was once quoted as saying she'd like to keep Masi Oka as a pet.note When a reporter asked him about it, Masi decided that it wouldn't be so bad to be someone's cuddly pet as long as she feeds him well.