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30th Jun '16 9:09:10 PM sparkles38
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Frequently, small children will associate an animal with the secondary sexual characteristics only found in one sex ([[NonMammalMammaries no, not those--usually]]), and end up applying them to both sexes.

This leads to a lot of ViewerGenderConfusion when you see male "cows" with udders, male calico or tortoiseshell cats[[note]]calico and tortoiseshell males do exist, but they either have a genetic defect--XXY chromosomes--and are usually sterile, or are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_%28genetics%29 chimeras]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosaic_%28genetics%29 mosaics]]; and thus are extremely rare and extremely valuable[[/note]] [[PeacockGirl female "peacocks" with trains]], male kangaroos with pouches, red female cardinals, lionesses with manes, blood-drinking male mosquitoes, and so on. Prehistoric and extinct animals aren't immune; many times you'll see a "female" ''[[PteroSoarer Pteranodon]]'' with a long crest (an exclusively male trait). Barring the theory that perhaps these characters are meant to be {{transgender}}, we have to assume this is pure artistic license.

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Frequently, small children people will associate an animal with the secondary sexual characteristics only found in one sex ([[NonMammalMammaries no, not those--usually]]), and end up applying them to both sexes.

This leads It's hard not to a lot of ViewerGenderConfusion [[TheWoobie feel sorry]] for RealLife [[LadyLooksLikeADude cows]] when you see hear people mistakenly referring to them as him. Confusions like these and others lead to writers having no choice but to make male "cows" with udders, male calico or tortoiseshell cats[[note]]calico and tortoiseshell males do exist, but they either have a genetic defect--XXY chromosomes--and are usually sterile, or are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_%28genetics%29 chimeras]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosaic_%28genetics%29 mosaics]]; and thus are extremely rare and extremely valuable[[/note]] [[PeacockGirl female "peacocks" with trains]], male kangaroos with pouches, red female cardinals, lionesses with manes, blood-drinking male mosquitoes, and so on. Prehistoric and extinct animals aren't immune; many times you'll see a "female" ''[[PteroSoarer Pteranodon]]'' with a long crest (an exclusively male trait). Barring the theory that perhaps these characters are meant to be {{transgender}}, we have to assume this is pure artistic license.
30th Jun '16 7:03:05 PM Keniko
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*** WMG suggests they are a rogue clan.
30th Jun '16 6:55:41 PM Keniko
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*** It's only mentioned that he ''should'' have the ankle barbs, he never uses, shows, or otherwise makes reference to them at any other time. As a pet it's possible they were removed (if that's possible), but this troper took it as a hint at Perry's real gender. His keeping quiet can be attributed to him simply not caring. After all, he's just a platypus.
30th Jun '16 6:44:41 PM Keniko
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** I wouldn't say it's common, the only examples I've seen are on the WMG page, and in a single fanfiction possibly inspired by said WMG.
27th Jun '16 11:51:11 AM sparkles38
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Frequently, people will associate an animal with the secondary sexual characteristics only found in one sex ([[NonMammalMammaries no, not those--usually]]), and end up applying them to both sexes.

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Frequently, people small children will associate an animal with the secondary sexual characteristics only found in one sex ([[NonMammalMammaries no, not those--usually]]), and end up applying them to both sexes.
17th Jun '16 5:41:13 AM erforce
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-->--'''Candace Flynn''' while [[FreakyFridayFlip in Perry the Platypus's body]], ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''[[note]] Platypuses/platypi/platypeople/platypodes actually ''do'' sweat milk, but [[ItMakesSenseInContext she's in the body of]] a ''male,'' making it this trope. [[/note]]

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-->--'''Candace -->-- '''Candace Flynn''' while [[FreakyFridayFlip in Perry the Platypus's body]], ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''[[note]] Platypuses/platypi/platypeople/platypodes actually ''do'' sweat milk, but [[ItMakesSenseInContext she's in the body of]] a ''male,'' making it this trope. [[/note]]



** Glimmer the Anglerfish from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' also had the same mistake.

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** Glimmer the Anglerfish from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' also had the same mistake.
16th Jun '16 11:12:48 AM bwburke94
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** However, Black and White play this straight and subvert it with Sawsbuck, a deer Pokemon, played straight in that both genders have antlers all year around, but subverted for the females, as female raindeer in real life do grow antlers during the winter.

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** However, Black and White play this straight and subvert it with Sawsbuck, a deer Pokemon, played straight in that both genders have antlers all year around, but subverted for the females, as female raindeer reindeer in real life do grow antlers during the winter.
6th Jun '16 7:02:59 AM Ulysses21
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** Averted with the two [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_pheasant Pheasants]], whose sexual dimorphism is accurate to reality (males are far more colourful with longer tails), and the personalities match their looks - the male Pheasant is very loud, brash and self-centred, while the female is very quiet and meek (one might even say [[{{Pun}} hen-pecked]]...)
31st May '16 9:51:40 AM Pichu-kun
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** Something similar showed up in a Marshall's ad with a fashion designer with a bunch of ''female'' models with [[PeacockGirl fake peacock trains]]. Then again if they didn't, [[RuleOfPerception how could you tell they were peafowl?]]

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** * Something similar showed up in a Marshall's ad with a fashion designer with a bunch of ''female'' models with [[PeacockGirl fake peacock trains]]. Then again if they didn't, [[RuleOfPerception how could you tell they were peafowl?]]



** Averted in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', which showed a female brown ostrich alongside a male black one.

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** * Averted in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', which showed a female brown ostrich alongside a male black one.



* Averted in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Early in development]], when the plot and characters were far different, the hyenas were led by a prince named Banagi. Hyenas are extremely matriarchal, where even the highest male is below the lowest female. In the final film the 'leader' of the trio of hyenas is Shenzi, a female. The hyenas that sing in "Be Prepared" do sound masculine though...
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''; Petrie's mother is a female ''Pteranodon'' with a short crest and his uncle is a male ''Pteranodon'' with a large crest. This is a case of ShownTheirWork, as real life ''Pteranodons'' are believed to have had this exact form of sexual dimorphism. For bonus points, Mama Flyer is actually ''smaller'' than her brother overall, again an accurate portrayal of ''Pteranodon'' dimorphism.

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* Averted in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Early in development]], when the plot and characters were far different, the hyenas were led by a prince named Banagi. Hyenas are extremely matriarchal, where even the highest male is below the lowest female. In the final film the 'leader' of the trio of hyenas is Shenzi, a female. The hyenas that sing in "Be Prepared" do all sound masculine though...
male and look masculine, though hyenas are matriarchal and males are incredibly low in the hierarchy. It's possible they simply ''seem'' male due to how androgynous hyena females are.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'':
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Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''; with Petrie's mother mother, who is a female ''Pteranodon'' with a short crest and his uncle is a male ''Pteranodon'' with a large crest. This is a case of ShownTheirWork, as real life ''Pteranodons'' are believed to have had this exact form of sexual dimorphism. For bonus points, Mama Flyer is actually ''smaller'' than her brother overall, again an accurate portrayal of ''Pteranodon'' dimorphism.
10th May '16 2:00:28 AM schoi30
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* The male ostrich chick in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "Mother was a Rooster" is brown like real life female ostriches. Justified because, although adult male ostriches are black, male ostrich chicks are brown like adult and chick female ostriches.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
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The male ostrich chick in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "Mother was a Rooster" is brown like real life female ostriches. Justified because, although adult male ostriches are black, male ostrich chicks are brown like adult and chick female ostriches.
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