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20th Mar '17 8:57:38 AM Wildstar93
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* In the new ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' season, the subplot for one episode is about a lone white wolf encountering three alien tigers and fighting them. Once the battle was over, it's become a bloody massacre with all three tigers dead...but the wolf does not live to tell the tale. It's parallel to Jack trying to evade the Daughters of Aku before [[spoiler:killing one of them and passing out from blood loss.]]
7th Nov '16 5:32:49 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* A very odd example, considering the couple in question are themselves animals, occurs in ''Disney/TheLionKing 2''. Kiara wistfully watches a pair of doves fly off together before she starts the "Love Will Find a Way" number, where she and Kovu are reunited.
* The Disney version of ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' does this with the title character's raccoon and the Englishman's dog. These two animals serve as a symbolic representation for the friction between the natives and English settlers. By the end of the film, the animal mascots are friendly, and all hostilities are seemingly resolved between the two peoples.
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* A very odd example, considering the couple in question are themselves animals, occurs in ''Disney/TheLionKing 2''. Kiara wistfully watches a pair of doves fly off together before she starts the "Love Will Find a Way" number, where she and Kovu are reunited.



* The Disney version of ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' does this with the title character's raccoon and the Englishman's dog. These two animals serve as a symbolic representation for the friction between the natives and English settlers. By the end of the film, the animal mascots are friendly, and all hostilities are seemingly resolved between the two peoples.


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23rd Oct '16 1:15:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* An article in ''TheOnion'' has an entire family attempting to use the family dog as a metaphor for their relationship difficulties--The father for example saying that the dog feels confined and needs to run free, while the youngest child says the dog just wants some attention...

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* An article in ''TheOnion'' ''Magazine/TheOnion'' has an entire family attempting to use the family dog as a metaphor for their relationship difficulties--The father for example saying that the dog feels confined and needs to run free, while the youngest child says the dog just wants some attention...
17th Jun '16 2:47:27 AM Doug86
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* GameOfThrones (and by extension ASongOfIceAndFire) has quite a lot, with wolves generally representing the heroic Starks, Lions for the Lannisters, and Stags for the Baratheons. In the very first episode, the Starks find a dire wolf that [[MutualKill died killing a stag]] to provide for its children. Given that the first season is entirely based around the Stark and Baratheon households accidentally destroying each other and themselves, the symbolism can be seen as a bit heavy-handed.

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* GameOfThrones ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (and by extension ASongOfIceAndFire) ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'') has quite a lot, with wolves generally representing the heroic Starks, Lions for the Lannisters, and Stags for the Baratheons. In the very first episode, the Starks find a dire wolf that [[MutualKill died killing a stag]] to provide for its children. Given that the first season is entirely based around the Stark and Baratheon households accidentally destroying each other and themselves, the symbolism can be seen as a bit heavy-handed.
8th Mar '16 2:16:53 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Mr Brooks the Lancre Castle beekeeper tells Nearly-Queen Magrat some interesting facts about bees, including that, while they'll attack wasps approaching the hive, they get confused if one is already inside, and that two queens in the same hive will always fight each other to the death. Later on, Shawn Ogg gets confused by the fact the elves are in the castle, Mr Brooks uses his wasp-spray on some elves while directly comparing the two, and finally Magrat attacks the Elf Queen while thinking "Only one queen in a hive! Slash! Stab!"

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* In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Mr Brooks the Lancre Castle beekeeper tells Nearly-Queen Magrat some interesting facts about bees, including that, while they'll attack wasps approaching the hive, they get confused if one is already inside, and that two queens in the same hive will always fight each other to the death. Later on, Shawn Ogg gets confused by the fact the elves are in the castle, Mr Brooks uses his wasp-spray on some elves while directly comparing the two, and finally Magrat attacks the Elf Queen while thinking "Only one queen in a hive! Slash! Stab!"Stab!" And, of course, Granny Weatherwax's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in that book is [[spoiler: Borrowing a swarm of bees]].
8th Mar '16 2:13:31 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Mr Brooks the Lancre Castle beekeeper tells Nearly-Queen Magrat some interesting facts about bees, including that, while they'll attack wasps approaching the hive, they get confused if one is already inside, and that two queens in the same hive will always fight each other to the death. Later on, Shawn Ogg gets confused by the fact the elves are in the castle, Mr Brooks uses his wasp-spray on some elves while directly comparing the two, and finally Magrat attacks the Elf Queen while thinking "Only one queen in a hive! Slash! Stab!"
27th Feb '16 9:21:00 PM Willbyr
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* In ''KodomoNoOmocha'', "natural enemies" Sana and Akito are represented as a mongoose and cobra, respectively.

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* In ''KodomoNoOmocha'', ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'', "natural enemies" Sana and Akito are represented as a mongoose and cobra, respectively.
15th Feb '16 11:47:02 PM ManicOppressive
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* GameOfThrones (and by extension ASongOfIceAndFire) has quite a lot, with wolves generally representing the heroic Starks, Lions for the Lannisters, and Stags for the Baratheons. In the very first episode, the Starks find a dire wolf that [[MutualKill died killing a stag]] to provide for its children. Given that the first season is entirely based around the Stark and Baratheon households accidentally destroying each other and themselves, the symbolism can be seen as a bit heavy-handed.
6th Feb '16 9:09:02 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Friends}}'', Phoebe compares Ross & Rachel's relationship to lobster, because they mate for life. According to Phoebe, you can actually see old lobster couples in a lobster tank holding claws.
* There's a ''BoyMeetsWorld'' episode where Cory wants to get back together with Topanga. He follows her to Walt Disney World to win her back. There he talks to a dophin who is sad because it has lost its mate. He tells it that he believes Toganga is his mate.

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* In ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Phoebe compares Ross & Rachel's relationship to lobster, because they mate for life. According to Phoebe, you can actually see old lobster couples in a lobster tank holding claws.
* There's a ''BoyMeetsWorld'' ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' episode where Cory wants to get back together with Topanga. He follows her to Walt Disney World to win her back. There he talks to a dophin who is sad because it has lost its mate. He tells it that he believes Toganga is his mate.



* The ''{{Frasier}}'' episode "You Can Go Home Again" contains an extended FlashBack to the day of Frasier's first radio show, during the course of which Niles describes his relationship with Maris by saying, "Like the Arctic puffin, we mate for life." It's doubly symbolic given Maris' constant association with coldness and ice throughout the series.

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* The ''{{Frasier}}'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode "You Can Go Home Again" contains an extended FlashBack to the day of Frasier's first radio show, during the course of which Niles describes his relationship with Maris by saying, "Like the Arctic puffin, we mate for life." It's doubly symbolic given Maris' constant association with coldness and ice throughout the series.
1st Feb '16 7:44:09 PM GrammarNavi
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* Little Bear the dog, in TamoraPierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series. The four main characters fully cooperated for the first time in order to rescue him, so he's a symbol of their bond. When three of the four young mages leave their temple home to go travelling, Little Bear goes with Tris -- the one most reluctant to leave. This ties in to the main characters' growing independence... and distance from each other. By the time they return, their bond is so badly affected that it verges on non-existent, by which point Tris has left Little Bear at the temple with another young mage (see ItsAllJunk).

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* Little Bear the dog, in TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series. The four main characters fully cooperated for the first time in order to rescue him, so he's a symbol of their bond. When three of the four young mages leave their temple home to go travelling, Little Bear goes with Tris -- the one most reluctant to leave. This ties in to the main characters' growing independence... and distance from each other. By the time they return, their bond is so badly affected that it verges on non-existent, by which point Tris has left Little Bear at the temple with another young mage (see ItsAllJunk).
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