History InformedSpecies / VideoGames

25th Nov '16 12:25:58 PM NWolfman
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** While it's hard to mistake Jet the Hawk for anything other than a bird, his green feathers and red markings around his eyes make him look more like a parrot than a hawk, not helped by Jason Griffith playing the character with a nasal voice.
*** This is actually [[FlatCharacter one of]] the reasons that ''Sonic'' characters are so popular with beginner artists: their simple, repetitive designs and ArtisticLisence with animal anatomy are easy to recreate, or even be applied to their own ideas for characters.

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** While it's hard to mistake Jet the Hawk for anything other than a bird, his green feathers and red markings around his eyes make him look more like a parrot than a hawk, not helped by Jason Griffith playing the character with such a nasal voice.
*** This is actually [[FlatCharacter one of]] the reasons that ''Sonic'' characters are so popular with beginner artists: their simple, repetitive designs and ArtisticLisence ArtisticLicense with animal anatomy are easy to recreate, or even be applied to their own ideas for characters.
25th Nov '16 12:25:28 PM NWolfman
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Save the title character and a handful of others (Cream, Vanilla, Vector and Tails, all of whom are more recognizable animals), pretty much none of the anthro characters in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' actually resemble the animal they're supposed to be.

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* Save the title character and a handful of others (Cream, Vanilla, Vector and Tails, all of whom are more recognizable animals), pretty much none of the anthro characters in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' actually resemble the animal they're supposed to be.
25th Nov '16 12:25:17 PM NWolfman
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Sonic himself looks little like his animal namesake. His spikes look more like styled hair and he hardly has a snout. Instead, he has a jellybean-like nose that's close to face. Same goes for the other hedgehogs; Amy, Shadow, and Silver. Also, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hedgehogs aren't blue, pink, black, or silver]].
** Knuckles is an echidna, but because his spikes look more like styled hair, he hardly has a snout, and has a jellybean like nose that's close to face, it wouldn't be too hard to mistake him for a "hedgehog".

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
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Save the title character and a handful of others (Cream, Vanilla, Vector and Tails, all of whom are more recognizable animals), pretty much none of the anthro characters in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' actually resemble the animal they're supposed to be.
** Sonic himself looks little like his animal namesake. His and Knuckles' spikes look more like closer to styled hair hair, and he hardly has a snout. Instead, he has a jellybean-like nose that's close their short snouts with jellybean-shaped noses look closer to face. Same that of WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse than and real hedgehog or echidna, respectively. The same goes for the other hedgehogs; Amy, Shadow, and Silver. Also, Silver, all of whom follow the same base design and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hedgehogs aren't blue, pink, black, or silver]].
** Knuckles is
are an echidna, but because his spikes look more like styled hair, he hardly has a snout, and has a jellybean like nose that's close to face, it wouldn't be too hard to mistake him for a "hedgehog".array of bright colors]].



** Jet the Hawk's green feathers and red markings around his eyes make him look more like a parrot than a hawk. Jason Griffith's voice for him doesn't help either.
** Hell, most of anthro characters hardly resemble the animals they're supposed to be. Only a few are actually readily identifiable as what their name refers to them as. Tails is the one who looks most like his species; with Cream, Vanilla, and Vector also being easy to tell.

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** While it's hard to mistake Jet the Hawk's Hawk for anything other than a bird, his green feathers and red markings around his eyes make him look more like a parrot than a hawk. hawk, not helped by Jason Griffith's voice for him doesn't help either.
** Hell, most of anthro
Griffith playing the character with a nasal voice.
*** This is actually [[FlatCharacter one of]] the reasons that ''Sonic''
characters hardly resemble the animals they're supposed to be. Only a few are actually readily identifiable as what so popular with beginner artists: their name refers to them as. Tails is the one who looks most like his species; simple, repetitive designs and ArtisticLisence with Cream, Vanilla, and Vector also being animal anatomy are easy to tell.recreate, or even be applied to their own ideas for characters.
11th Sep '16 3:53:00 PM CJCroen1393
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** Magmar and its evolutions are particularly weird cases of this--design-wise, they look like, at best, like hadrosaurid dinosaurs and at worst, like something completely made up. What are they according to WordOfGod? Birds. More specifically, blue-footed boobies. Now to Nintendo's credit, this does explain why their Japanese names have the word "Boob" in them and it even explains their "magma" theme (blue-footed boobies are endemic to the Galapagos Islands, which are hot spots for volcanic activity), but would you really look at [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/8/8c/126Magmar.png this]] and believe that it was inspired by [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Blue-footed_Booby_Comparison.jpg this]]?
11th Sep '16 7:49:59 AM Fretless94
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** Crash and Coco don't look much like bandicoots.
** Tiny the Tiger looks like ''some'' kind of big cat, but definitely not a tiger. He apparently was originally intended to be a Tasmanian tiger (an extinct Australian marsupial, not actually a cat) but in the game ''VideoGame/CrashOfTheTitans'' he was redesigned and looks more cat like now.
** Dingodile has a crocodile tail but the rest of him looks like some kind of pig thing, not a dingo.

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** Crash and Coco don't look much like bandicoots.
bandicoots. Coco especially, since she lacks a long snout like her brother.
** Tiny the Tiger looks like ''some'' kind of big cat, but definitely not a tiger. He apparently was originally intended to be a Tasmanian tiger (an extinct Australian marsupial, not actually Tiger. Real Tasmanian Tigers had light brown fur, stripes down their lower backs, and straight tails similar to dogs. Tiny is bright orange, has no stripes, and he has a cat) but in distinctly lion-like tail, with a tuft of fur at the game end. ''VideoGame/CrashOfTheTitans'' he was drastically redesigned him into being a standard Bengal Tiger, and looks more cat like now.
he averts this trope in that game.
** Dingodile has a crocodile tail but the rest of him looks tail, and his body is generally shaped like some kind of pig thing, not a dingo.crocodile as well, which means that the only resemblance he bares to an actual dingo is having fur and ears.
7th Sep '16 6:20:10 PM SAMAS
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* Sash Lilac of ''Videogame/FreedomPlanet'' is supposed to be a dragon, but in actuality looks more like a purple cat-thing. It helps that the game had it's origins as a Sonic fangame.

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* Sash Lilac of ''Videogame/FreedomPlanet'' is supposed to be a dragon, but in actuality looks more like a purple cat-thing. It helps that the game had it's origins as a Sonic fangame.''Sonic'' fangame, and still has a similar art style.
27th Aug '16 2:58:10 PM Galacton
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** Sonic himself looks little like his animal namesake. His spikes look more like styled hair and he hardly has a snout. Instead, he has a jellybean-like nose that's close to face. Same goes with Amy, Shadow, and Silver who are also hedgehogs. Also, [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife hedgehogs aren't blue, pink, black, or silver]].

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** Sonic himself looks little like his animal namesake. His spikes look more like styled hair and he hardly has a snout. Instead, he has a jellybean-like nose that's close to face. Same goes with for the other hedgehogs; Amy, Shadow, and Silver who are also hedgehogs. Silver. Also, [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hedgehogs aren't blue, pink, black, or silver]].



*** And they're not even closely related. Echidnas are as closely related to humans as they are to hedgehogs (they're actually related to the platypus).
** Nack the Weasel doesn't even look like a weasel.
** Espio the Chameleon looks like a purple rhino more than he does a lizard.

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*** And they're not even closely related. Echidnas are as closely related to humans as they are to hedgehogs (they're actually related to the platypus).
** Nack the Weasel doesn't even look much like a weasel.
** Espio
weasel and in the Chameleon looks like a purple rhino more than Japanese version he does a lizard.is actually [[MixAndMatchCritter half wolf]].



** Hell, several of the characters hardly resemble the animals that they're supposed to be. Only a few are actually readily identifiable as the species they're supposed to be. Tails is the one who looks most like his species; with Cream, Vanilla, and Vector also being easy to tell. Everyone else, though...

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** Hell, several most of the anthro characters hardly resemble the animals that they're supposed to be. Only a few are actually readily identifiable as the species they're supposed what their name refers to be.them as. Tails is the one who looks most like his species; with Cream, Vanilla, and Vector also being easy to tell. Everyone else, though...



** Diglett and Dugtrio, despite being both called moles, actually don't even look like moles at all! (for one thing, neither of them have visible bodies) Drilbur and Excadrill, however... Diglett and Dugtrio could actually be a StealthPun, as they bear more than a passing resemblance to the "moles" you hit in "whack-a-mole" games.
** There's also Sandshrew and Sandslash who are said to be mice, but look more like armadillos or a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin pangolin]].

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** Diglett and Dugtrio, despite being both called moles, actually don't even actually look like moles at all! (for one thing, neither of them have visible bodies) Drilbur and Excadrill, however... Diglett and Dugtrio could actually be a StealthPun, as they bear more than a passing resemblance to the "moles" you hit in "whack-a-mole" games.
** There's also Sandshrew and Sandslash who are said to be mice, but they look more like armadillos or a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin pangolin]].pangolins]]. Sandslash's Japanese name is Sandpan.



** Psyduck and Golduck are said to be ducks. Well, Psyduck kind of looks like a cartoony duck. Golduck, on the other hand, looks more like a platypus. Justified in that Golduck is actually more based off of the Japanese {{Youkai}} {{Kappa}}.

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** Psyduck and Golduck are said to be ducks. Well, Psyduck kind of looks like a cartoony duck. Golduck, on the other hand, looks more like a platypus. Justified in that Golduck is actually more based off of the Japanese {{Youkai}} {{Kappa}}.



** Bidoof is said to be a mouse, but it looks more like a gopher or a beaver. Oddly enough, its evolution, Bibabarel is said to be a beaver and actually looks like one.

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** Bidoof is said to be a mouse, but it looks more like a gopher or a beaver.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_beaver mountain beaver]]. Oddly enough, its evolution, Bibabarel is said to be a beaver and actually looks like one.



** Tranquil is said to be a pigeon, but looks more like a cross between a pheasant and a hawk.

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** Tranquil is said to be a pigeon, and the Pokémon but looks more like a cross between a pheasant and a hawk.



** Chespin is supposed to be a hedgehog, but he resembles a rabbit or an otter.

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** Chespin is supposed to be a hedgehog, but he more closely resembles a rabbit or an otter.



** Zangoose is listed as a "cat ferret", and it actually kind of ''does'' look like a cat. But its name and hatred of Seviper clearly peg it as something intended to be a mongoose, which it doesn't resemble so closely.
** Despite its name, Pidgey more closely resembles a sparrow or a finch than a pigeon. Its evolutions, meanwhile, look a lot like birds of prey.
** Beedrill is known as the "Poison Bee Pokémon", but it more closely resembles an Asian Giant Hornet.

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** Zangoose is listed as a "cat ferret", and it actually kind of ''does'' look like a cat. But its name and hatred of Seviper clearly peg it as something intended to be a mongoose, which it doesn't resemble so closely.
** Despite its name, Pidgey more closely resembles a sparrow or a finch than a pigeon. Its While its evolutions, meanwhile, look a lot more like birds of prey.
** Beedrill is known as the "Poison Bee Pokémon", but it more closely resembles an it's actually based on the Asian Giant Hornet.



** Chunky Kong is supposed to be a gorilla like Donkey, but unlike DK, he stands upright like a human.

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** Chunky Cranky Kong is supposed to be a gorilla like Donkey, and in fact he was the original Donkey Kong, but unlike DK, he stands upright [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens looks more like a human.baboon]].
** Chunky Kong is supposed to be a mandrill, but he looks more like a gorilla and he's larger than Donkey Kong.
10th Aug '16 5:56:48 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Chuchu from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamland3'' is supposed to be an octopus, but looks more like a squid, or ghost, or... something. It's because she's a flapjack octopus, but even then...

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* Chuchu from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamland3'' ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' is supposed to be an octopus, but looks more like a squid, or ghost, or... something. It's because she's a flapjack octopus, but even then...
28th Jun '16 10:29:19 AM Pichu-kun
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* Krystal from the unreleased UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 ''Dinosaur Planet'' is meant to be a fox however she looks like some sort of big cat instead. When the game was changed to ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventure'' she was redesigned to look more fox-like (and be HotterAndSexier).

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* Krystal from the unreleased UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 ''Dinosaur Planet'' is meant to be a fox however she looks like some sort of big cat instead. When the game was changed to ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventure'' ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' she was redesigned to look more fox-like (and be HotterAndSexier).
28th Jun '16 10:28:47 AM Pichu-kun
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* Chuchu from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamland3'' is supposed to be an octopus, but looks more like a squid, or ghost, or...something.
** It's because she's a flapjack octopus, but even then...

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* Chuchu from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamland3'' is supposed to be an octopus, but looks more like a squid, or ghost, or...something.
**
something. It's because she's a flapjack octopus, but even then...



* Many, ''MANY'' species of Franchise/{{Pokemon}} (At least, the ones that aren't given abstract species' names like the "Emotion Pokemon") are listed as animals that they either barely resemble or don't resemble at all. Comparing [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Species the Japanese and English ones]], you can see a few are due to BlindIdiotTranslation.
** Diglett and Dugtrio, despite being both called moles, actually don't even look like moles at all! (for one thing, neither of them have visible bodies) Drilbur and Excadrill, however...
*** Diglett and Dugtrio could actually be a StealthPun, as they bear more than a passing resemblance to the "moles" you hit in "whack-a-mole" games.

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* Many, ''MANY'' species of Franchise/{{Pokemon}} (At least, the ones that aren't given abstract species' names like the "Emotion Pokemon") are listed as animals that they either barely resemble or don't resemble at all. Comparing [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Species the Japanese and English ones]], you can see a few are due to BlindIdiotTranslation.
BlindIdiotTranslation:
** Diglett and Dugtrio, despite being both called moles, actually don't even look like moles at all! (for one thing, neither of them have visible bodies) Drilbur and Excadrill, however...
***
however... Diglett and Dugtrio could actually be a StealthPun, as they bear more than a passing resemblance to the "moles" you hit in "whack-a-mole" games.



** Snubbull and Granbull look nothing like fairies; they're clearly based on bulldogs.
*** And now they're Fairy types!

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** Snubbull and Granbull look nothing like fairies; they're clearly based on bulldogs.
*** And now they're
English Bulldogs. In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' they were changed from being Normal types to the new Fairy types!types.



** Psyduck and Golduck are said to be ducks. Well, Psyduck kind of looks like a cartoony duck. Golduck, on the other hand, looks more like a platypus. Justified in that Golduck is actually more based off of the Japanese {{Youkai}} Kappa.

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** Psyduck and Golduck are said to be ducks. Well, Psyduck kind of looks like a cartoony duck. Golduck, on the other hand, looks more like a platypus. Justified in that Golduck is actually more based off of the Japanese {{Youkai}} Kappa.{{Kappa}}.



** Vigoroth is said to be a monkey, but it strongly resembles a sloth on steroids rather than any known species of monkey.
*** Vigoroth's line, which are based on sloths, is a strange case, as its original form, Slakoth, does look like a sloth, but Vigoroth looks more like a mix of a sloth and some kind of monkey. Slaking looks like a giant sloth mixed with a gorilla.

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** Vigoroth is said to be a monkey, but it strongly resembles a sloth on steroids rather than any known species of monkey.
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monkey. Vigoroth's line, which are based on sloths, is a strange case, as its original form, Slakoth, does look like a sloth, but Vigoroth looks more like a mix of a sloth and some kind of monkey. Slaking looks like a giant sloth mixed with a gorilla.



* [[BigFriendlyDog Poochie]], [[OneSceneWonder Yoshi's pet dog]] from ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' for some reason does not look like a dog at all and looks more like a platypus instead.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
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[[BigFriendlyDog Poochie]], [[OneSceneWonder Yoshi's pet dog]] from ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' for some reason does not look like a dog at all and looks more like a platypus instead.



* ''VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper:'' The title character is not readily identifiable as a dog.
** From the same universe, we have Lammy, a guitar-playing redhead sheep (note how her name is a play-on-words of "lamb") who more resembles a deer or calf, or a human with antlers, pointy ears, and round nose. Name ''one'' person who already knew she was a sheep without being told.
*** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]], Lammy ''was'' going to have a more sheep resemblance, and be younger too, [[ExecutiveMeddling but Sony's higher-ups forced the developers to redesign her to be sexier, older, and less sheep-like]]. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you.

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* ''VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper:'' The title character ''VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper:''
** Parappa
is not readily identifiable as a dog.
** From the same universe, we have Lammy, a guitar-playing redhead sheep (note how her name is a play-on-words of "lamb") who more resembles a deer or calf, or a human with antlers, pointy ears, and round nose. Name ''one'' person who already knew she was a sheep without being told.
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told. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]], Lammy ''was'' going to have a more sheep resemblance, and be younger too, [[ExecutiveMeddling but Sony's higher-ups forced the developers to redesign her to be sexier, older, and less sheep-like]]. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you.


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* Krystal from the unreleased UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 ''Dinosaur Planet'' is meant to be a fox however she looks like some sort of big cat instead. When the game was changed to ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventure'' she was redesigned to look more fox-like (and be HotterAndSexier).
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