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20th Feb '17 9:15:08 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Hedwig, Literature/HarryPotter's pet snowy owl, is supposed to be female, but for some reason she is all white, a trait exclusive to ''male'' snowy owls. Real female snowy owls have more dark spots. Although it never states in the book that Hedwig is pure white, just that she was a beautiful snowy owl. There are also ''numerous'' scenes of Hedwig being talkative, a trait more common to males that isn't helped by her being played by a male owl in the films.

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* Hedwig, Literature/HarryPotter's pet snowy owl, is supposed to be female, but for some reason she is usually depicted as all white, a trait exclusive to ''male'' snowy owls. Real female snowy owls have more dark spots. Although it never states in the book that Hedwig is pure white, just that she was a beautiful snowy owl. There are also ''numerous'' scenes of Hedwig being talkative, a trait more common to males that isn't helped by her being played by a male owl in the films.



* In Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus, Liz the Lizard appears to be a Jackson's chameleon. Only problem is, it's ''male'' Jackson's chameleons that have those big horns on their heads; on females they're either tiny or not there at all.



* Besides the previously mentioned case with King Julien, ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' gives us several lemur characters that are recognizably a specific breed of lemur, but are the wrong gender. Most prominently is Julien's bodyguard Clover, who resembles a crowned lemur, but a male one; female crowned lemurs aren't nearly as brightly colored.

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* Besides the previously mentioned case with King Julien, ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' gives us several lemur characters that are recognizably a specific breed bspecies of lemur, but are the wrong gender. Most prominently is Julien's bodyguard Clover, who resembles a crowned lemur, but a male one; female crowned lemurs aren't nearly as brightly colored.
21st Jan '17 8:22:10 PM X2X
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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 reindeer in real life do grow antlers during the winter.

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** However, ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and White & White]]'' play this straight and subvert it with Sawsbuck, a deer Pokemon, Pokémon. It's played straight in that both genders have antlers all year around, but subverted for the females, as female reindeer in real life do grow antlers during the winter.
11th Jan '17 7:56:03 PM schoi30
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** The female ostrich in "Bunga The Wise" is black like a male. Females are a dull brown in real life.

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** The female ostrich in "Bunga The Wise" is ostriches are black like a male. Females are a dull brown in real life.
** The female gazelles are portrayed with long horns like the males. Female gazelles in real life have short horns.
8th Jan '17 1:09:18 AM Phred
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* Besides the previously mentioned case with King Julien, ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' gives us several lemur characters that are recognizably a specific breed of lemur, but are the wrong gender. Most prominently is Julien's bodyguard Clover, who resembles a crowned lemur, but a male one; female crowned lemurs aren't nearly as brightly colored.
2nd Jan '17 5:44:20 AM KatanaCat
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** The show has Janja, a male hyena in a leadership position of a group. Real life spotted hyenas are led by females and males have very low ranking.
*** Somewhat justified, considering there are no female hyenas in the aforementioned group.

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** The show has Janja, a male hyena in a leadership position of a group. Real life spotted hyenas are led by females and males have very low ranking.
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ranking. Somewhat justified, considering there are no female hyenas in the aforementioned group.group - he could have simply been made leader by default due to a lack of other options.
2nd Jan '17 3:47:43 AM KatanaCat
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* Lana from the comics/animated show ''WesternAnimation/AnimalCrackers'' was a lioness. With a mane. (In very rare cases, lionesses can grow manes due to a genetic mutation [like how women can have beards very rarely].)

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* Lana from the comics/animated show ''WesternAnimation/AnimalCrackers'' was a lioness. With a mane. (In very rare cases, lionesses can grow manes due to As mentioned elsewhere on this page, this is ''possible'' if the lioness has hirsutism, but it's about as normal as a genetic mutation [like how women can have beards very rarely].)human woman with a beard.
2nd Jan '17 3:42:47 AM KatanaCat
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->''"Am I sweating '''milk'''?! Being a platypus is so gross!"''
-->-- '''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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->''"Am I sweating '''milk'''?! Being a platypus is so gross!"''
->''"Normally only female roos are s'posed to have pouches."''
-->-- '''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]]
'''Joey''', ''FanFic/{{Princess}}''
2nd Jan '17 3:38:48 AM KatanaCat
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** All of your lion townsfolk, who do have manes, are male. Similarly, all of the kangaroo townsfolk (with babies in their pouches, even!) are female. There's also Pave, a flamboyant dressing and brightly colored peacock.
** ''New Leaf'', however, introduces two male kangaroo: [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121121134310/animalcrossing/images/0/03/Mike.png Rooney]] and [[http://nookipedia.com/w/images/thumb/4/49/Walt.png/100px-Walt.png Walt.]] Being male, they have neither a pouch nor a baby.

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** All of your lion townsfolk, who do have manes, are male. Similarly, all of the kangaroo townsfolk (with babies in their pouches, even!) are usually female. There's also Pave, a flamboyant dressing and brightly colored peacock.
** ''New Leaf'', however, Leaf'' introduces two male kangaroo: kangaroos: [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121121134310/animalcrossing/images/0/03/Mike.png Rooney]] and [[http://nookipedia.com/w/images/thumb/4/49/Walt.png/100px-Walt.png Walt.]] Being male, they appropriately have neither a pouch nor a baby.



** ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'' has a particularly egregious example of this one - one of the stages in Water Land is blocked off by a gigantic, apparently male anglerfish on the map; you get him to move by summoning a ''much, much smaller female anglerfish'' to lure him away. Um.

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** ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'' has a particularly egregious example of this one - one of the stages in Water Land is blocked off by a gigantic, apparently male anglerfish on the map; you get him to move by summoning a ''much, much smaller female anglerfish'' to lure him away. Um.[[note]]On the other hand, Kirby games are rather strange in general and aren't set on Earth anyway (though Pop Star and Patch Land are fantasy counterparts to Earth), so it's not ''entirely'' out of place. Anglerfish aren't usually made of yarn either, after all.[[/note]]



** 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.



* Perhaps parodied on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', which occasionally brings up the idea that Perry the Platypus could lay an egg. Nobody ever seems to realize that he's a ''male'' platypus.
** Played straight in the above quote; when Perry and Candace [[FreakyFridayFlip switch bodies]] in "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?", Candace somehow can sweat milk, something that ''female'' platypi do. Since Perry is said to be male, either their genders somehow switched when their minds switched or the Flynn-Fletchers need to change veterinarians. However, that second theory does raise the question of why Perry would go along with the misunderstanding with his boss and his nemesis. And a later episode ("Primal Perry") shows that Perry has venomous ankle barbs, something only male platypi have.
*** 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.

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* Perhaps parodied on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', which occasionally brings up the idea that Perry the Platypus could lay an egg. Nobody ever seems to realize that he's a ''male'' platypus.
** Played straight in the above quote;
platypus. And when Perry and Candace [[FreakyFridayFlip switch bodies]] in "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?", Candace somehow can sweat milk, something that ''female'' platypi do. Since Perry is said to be male, either their genders somehow switched when their minds switched or the Flynn-Fletchers need to change veterinarians. However, that second theory does raise the question of why Perry would go along with the misunderstanding with his boss and his nemesis. And a later episode ("Primal Perry") shows mentions that Perry has has[[note]]well, ''should'' have at least[[/note]] venomous ankle barbs, something only male platypi have.
*** 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.
males have.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'', the main character's adoptive father is a case of this, as her father is a male mosquito who has an entire episode around the fact that he sucks blood. This is never brought up, despite the show's tendency to throw in random facts about insects and such.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'', the main character's adoptive father is a case of this, as her father is a male mosquito who has an entire episode based around the fact that he sucks blood. This is never brought up, despite the show's tendency to throw in random facts about insects and such.bugs.
22nd Nov '16 2:31:42 PM mr3urious
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* Woolen from ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Bust-a-Move 2]]'' is a LittleBitBeastly sheep girl with horns found exclusively on rams.
14th Nov '16 6:38:03 PM Yuihime
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* The ducks in ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' have the coloration of males, but are exclusively female and lay eggs.
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