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24th Sep '16 11:18:21 PM dotheroar
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* The titular character of ''Ollo in The Sunny Valley Fair'' may just be a ball of clay, but lives in a house and helps his friends.
7th Sep '16 8:02:39 PM merotoker
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* An established rule in the universe of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' is that gaining a Stand grants intelligence and sapience to the animal that gains it. This has applied to an orangutan, a Boston terrier, a hawk, a rat [[spoiler:(actually two of them)]], a [[ItMakesSenseInContext flower with a cat's mind]], and a ''colony of zooplankton''.

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* An established rule in the universe of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is that gaining a Stand grants intelligence and sapience to the animal that gains it. This has applied to an orangutan, a Boston terrier, a hawk, a rat [[spoiler:(actually two of them)]], a [[ItMakesSenseInContext flower with a cat's mind]], and a ''colony of zooplankton''.



** ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', obviuosly all the characters, especially the dog who fears going to hell.

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** ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', obviuosly obviously all the characters, especially the dog who fears going to hell.



* Tolerably [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example in ''Literature/SpiritAnimals''. The titular [[BondCreatures spirit animals]] are a fair bit more intelligent than regular animals due to their supernatural nature, able to understand the requests of their human partners and react appropriately. The fifteen [[PhysicalGod Great Beasts]] are still more intelligent, able to talk and sometimes teaching humans things.

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* Tolerably [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{justified|Trope}} example in ''Literature/SpiritAnimals''. The titular [[BondCreatures spirit animals]] are a fair bit more intelligent than regular animals due to their supernatural nature, able to understand the requests of their human partners and react appropriately. The fifteen [[PhysicalGod Great Beasts]] are still more intelligent, able to talk and sometimes teaching humans things.



* [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Spot]], however, did not necessarily understand Data any better than a cat understands a normal human.

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* [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Spot]], ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Spot, however, did not necessarily understand Data any better than a cat understands a normal human.



* ''{{Wishbone}}''.

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* ''{{Wishbone}}''.Series/{{Wishbone}}.



* ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'': Jack, the one eyed bull terrier. Barks once for no, twice for yes (and never been wrong) and understands at least three languages (English, Japanese, and Spanish.)

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* ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'': ''Series/TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'': Jack, the one eyed bull terrier. Barks once for no, twice for yes (and never been wrong) and understands at least three languages (English, Japanese, and Spanish.)



* Justified in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': the Mabari War Hounds actually ''are'' as intelligent as humans, having been originally [[AWizardDidIt bred by Telvinter magisters]]. In fact, they're often said to be ''smarter''; after all, they know better than to speak, and "Dog," your party's war hound, is smart enough to easily understand human speech. A few characters have full conversations with him, and the player character seems to understand his barks as well.
** In VideoGame/DragonAgeII, the Hawke family Mabari learns to play cards.

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* Justified in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': the Mabari War Hounds actually ''are'' as intelligent as humans, having been originally [[AWizardDidIt bred by Telvinter magisters]]. In fact, they're often said to be ''smarter''; after all, they know better than to speak, and "Dog," your party's war hound, is smart enough to easily understand human speech. A few characters have full conversations with him, and the player character seems to understand his barks as well.
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well. In VideoGame/DragonAgeII, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the Hawke family Mabari learns to play cards.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Santa's Little Helper's intelligence varies from episode to episode. In some, he's completely stupid, in others he's smart enough to do EvenTheDogIsAshamed gags and understand why being married to a cat is a bad idea.
** Bart also ordered a perfect dog from a catalogue who was extremely intelligent.
** In the Elephant episode, he even managed to ''speak'' (before falling over).
** The pony Homer gets Lisa in Lisa's Pony.
** Mr. Pinchy, the lobster Homer gets in Lisa Gets an A.
** The sheep at the petting zoo in Lisa the Vegetarian.
** Blinky in Homer's Odyssey.
** Animals in general vary on ''The Simpsons,'' to super-intelligent talking monkeys and dolphins ("Pray for Mojo") to human (or Homer) level intelligent to even dumber than real animals.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Animals in general vary on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' to super-intelligent talking monkeys and dolphins ("Pray for Mojo") to human (or Homer) level intelligent to even dumber than real animals.
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Santa's Little Helper's intelligence varies from episode to episode. In some, he's completely stupid, in others he's smart enough to do EvenTheDogIsAshamed gags and understand why being married to a cat is a bad idea.
** Bart also ordered a perfect dog from a catalogue who was extremely intelligent.
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idea. In the Elephant episode, he even managed to ''speak'' (before falling over).
** Bart also ordered a perfect dog from a catalogue who was extremely intelligent.
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The pony Homer gets Lisa in Lisa's Pony."Lisa's Pony".
** Mr. Pinchy, the lobster Homer gets in Lisa "Lisa Gets an A.A".
** The sheep at the petting zoo in Lisa "Lisa the Vegetarian.Vegetarian".
** Blinky in Homer's Odyssey.
** Animals in general vary on ''The Simpsons,'' to super-intelligent talking monkeys and dolphins ("Pray for Mojo") to human (or Homer) level intelligent to even dumber than real animals.
"Homer's Odyssey".



* Brian from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is a dog that speaks perfect English, walks on two legs, drinks alcohol, and is generally more intelligent than anyone else on the show. He might well be a parody, as he not only talks, but also interacts with other people the way normal humans would, and this is never pointed out by anyone. And, if his instincts don't get the best of him, he usually takes the role of OnlySaneMan in the show. But he is one of only a handful of such animals shown, as most animals are shown to be just like regular ones. Two notable exceptions are the monkey in Chris's closet and the dog that replaced Brian in one episode when the Griffins believed Brian was getting too old.
** Also Brian's gay cousin, Jasper, but for some reason, not all of his other relatives.

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* Brian from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is a dog that speaks perfect English, walks on two legs, drinks alcohol, and is generally more intelligent than anyone else on the show. He might well be a parody, as he not only talks, but also interacts with other people the way normal humans would, and this is never pointed out by anyone. And, if his instincts don't get the best of him, he usually takes the role of OnlySaneMan in the show. But he is one of only a handful of such animals shown, as most animals are shown to be just like regular ones. Two notable exceptions are the monkey in Chris's closet and the dog that replaced Brian in one episode when the Griffins believed Brian was getting too old.
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old. Also Brian's gay cousin, Jasper, but for some reason, not all of his other relatives.



* While ''{{WesternAnimation/Doug}}'' was one of the more realistic Creator/{{Nicktoons}}, Porkchop qualifies for this trope. Besides participating in EvenTheDogIsAshamed jokes, he could do things such as play Barnyard Chess, limbo dance, and fly a kite. Yet maybe only his owner can understand him, because in a court case no one else can decipher what he has to say.

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* While ''{{WesternAnimation/Doug}}'' was one of the more realistic Creator/{{Nicktoons}}, Franchise/{{Nicktoons}}, Porkchop qualifies for this trope. Besides participating in EvenTheDogIsAshamed jokes, he could do things such as play Barnyard Chess, limbo dance, and fly a kite. Yet maybe only his owner can understand him, because in a court case no one else can decipher what he has to say.






For instance, science once rated cats as fairly stupid creatures, as they repeatedly failed intelligence tests that other creatures like dogs, horses, and even rats easily solved. It took several decades to conclusively prove what cat owners had been telling scientists the whole time: cats were failing these tests not because they ''couldn't'' solve them, but because they didn't ''want'' to solve them. Cats are notoriously stubborn and prideful, and nearly all animal cognitive tests at the time involved training the animals to associate solving the tests with a food reward, or demonstrate word recognition and memory by performing behaviors on command. Eventually it was realized that cats simply [[FridgeBrilliance assumed (correctly) that the scientists would most likely feed them even if they did nothing]], and that while the cat remembered what it was supposed to do when told to "sit", it just plain didn't feel like sitting, and might have even stood up out of obstinance. Quite simply, cats had demonstrated their intelligence all along by successfully TakingAThirdOption that didn't require doing something stupid for a treat, got them fed anyway, and made the annoying guys with clipboards go bother the dogs, horses, and rats instead.

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For instance, science once rated cats as fairly stupid creatures, as they repeatedly failed intelligence tests that other creatures like dogs, horses, and even rats easily solved. It took several decades to conclusively prove what cat owners had been telling scientists the whole time: cats were failing these tests not because they ''couldn't'' solve them, but because they didn't ''want'' to solve them. Cats are notoriously stubborn and prideful, and nearly all animal cognitive tests at the time involved training the animals to associate solving the tests with a food reward, or demonstrate word recognition and memory by performing behaviors on command. Eventually it was realized that cats simply [[FridgeBrilliance assumed (correctly) that the scientists would most likely feed them even if they did nothing]], and that while the cat remembered what it was supposed to do when told to "sit", it just plain didn't feel like sitting, and might have even stood up out of obstinance. Quite simply, cats had demonstrated their intelligence all along by successfully TakingAThirdOption [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]] that didn't require doing something stupid for a treat, got them fed anyway, and made the annoying guys with clipboards go bother the dogs, horses, and rats instead.



** Among other things, adult ravens have been shown to be able to solve simple physics problems (they'd be great at ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}})''. In a CrowningMomentOfFunny, some appear to not like pulleys, however: apparently pulling something ''down'' to make something else come ''up'' is both InsaneTrollLogic and [[ClarkesThirdLaw vile human sorcery]].

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** Among other things, adult ravens have been shown to be able to solve simple physics problems (they'd be great at ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}})''.''VideoGame/HalfLife2)''. In a CrowningMomentOfFunny, some appear to not like pulleys, however: apparently pulling something ''down'' to make something else come ''up'' is both InsaneTrollLogic and [[ClarkesThirdLaw vile human sorcery]].



4th Sep '16 12:41:09 PM shawn_allen
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheJerk'', where a stray dog wakes up Navin Johnson, who asks what's wrong, and believes the dog is trying to tell him to motel is on fire. As Johnson wakes everyone else up, he's say he'll call the dog "Lifesaver." When it turns out to be a false alarm, one of the other guests tells him to call the dog ""$#!thead". The dog gets that name for the rest of the movie.
3rd Sep '16 5:39:20 PM zarpaulus
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* The fox in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' can apparently read the emas left at the shrine where it lives and cares about the upkeep of the shrine. To the point where it issues side quests to the protagonist to grant the wishes written on the emas and bring in more offerings.
3rd Sep '16 4:45:34 PM Pilomotor
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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Judy]], Doctor [=McNinja=]'s gorilla receptionist, can read and write, drive cars, and is in general treated like a human character. [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Yoshi]] the raptor mount is somewhat more animalistic, but is able to communicate with Judy and understand concepts like writing, even if he can't read. Later, when fully sapient dinosaurs take over the world, they [[spoiler:try to make him intelligent, but even then he has rather limited linguistic abilities and is only capable of YouNoTakeCandle-style speech]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Judy]], Doctor [=McNinja=]'s gorilla receptionist, can read and write, drive cars, and is in general treated like a human character. [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Yoshi]] the raptor mount is somewhat more animalistic, but is able to communicate with Judy and understand concepts like writing, even if he can't read. Later, when fully sapient dinosaurs take over the world, world in a BadFuture alternate timeline, they [[spoiler:try to make him intelligent, but even then he has rather limited linguistic abilities and is only capable of YouNoTakeCandle-style speech]].
24th Jul '16 3:18:23 PM Divra
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has a {{justified|Trope}} example. Harry's dog Mouse is a [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Dog Hybrid]] between a normal dog and a Fu Dog, who is ''at least'' as intelligent as his owner and probably more powerful. He works the BigFriendlyDog schtick so as not to frighten the {{Muggles}}. However, he is still a dog, and his idea of a perfect afternoon involve a ride in the car, a long belly rub and an unshared hotdog.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has a {{justified|Trope}} example. Harry's dog Mouse is a [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Dog Hybrid]] between a normal dog and a Fu Dog, who is ''at least'' as intelligent as his owner and probably more powerful. He works the BigFriendlyDog schtick so as not to frighten the {{Muggles}}. However, he is still a dog, and his idea of a perfect afternoon involve involves a ride in the car, a long belly rub belly-rub and an unshared hotdog.
24th Jul '16 12:04:53 PM SomberCaelifera
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* While the titular rats in ''Literature/MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH'' are justifiably this trope, thanks to their lab-enhanced intellects, ordinary animals like crows, owls, and Mrs. Frisby herself (a common field mouse) also talk to one another.ding to exterminators needing to be called. All this has contributed to the belief that they are pests, even though many consider them cute. In Russia,

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* While the titular rats in ''Literature/MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH'' are justifiably this trope, thanks to their lab-enhanced intellects, ordinary animals like crows, owls, and Mrs. Frisby herself (a common field mouse) also talk to one another.ding to exterminators needing to be called. All this has contributed to the belief that they are pests, even though many consider them cute. In Russia,
23rd Jul '16 7:02:42 AM matteste
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* An established rule in the universe of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' is that gaining a Stand grants intelligence and sapience to the animal that gains it. This has applied to an orangutan, a Boston terrier, a rat [[spoiler:(actually two of them)]], a [[ItMakesSenseInContext flower with a cat's mind]], and a ''colony of zooplankton''.

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* An established rule in the universe of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' is that gaining a Stand grants intelligence and sapience to the animal that gains it. This has applied to an orangutan, a Boston terrier, a hawk, a rat [[spoiler:(actually two of them)]], a [[ItMakesSenseInContext flower with a cat's mind]], and a ''colony of zooplankton''.
13th Jul '16 7:55:34 AM sparkles38
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* Admit it, some of you have a stuffed animal like this.
5th Jul '16 10:18:33 PM sparkles38
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSNYowgqlac Terriers can nod their head as a 'yes' in response to questions.]]

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* ** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSNYowgqlac Terriers can nod their head as a 'yes' in response to questions.]]
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