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7th Feb '16 6:25:43 PM pinkdalek
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* Lampshaded in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink", in which {{Muggle}} Sally Sparrow's best friend, Kathy Nightingale, advises they start a detective company based on their surnames. Sally says that that sounds too [=ITV=].
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* Lampshaded in ''Series/DoctorWho'': ** "The Masque of Mandragora" associates the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Fourth Doctor with the lion, with a nice scene of him making the 'rampant' pose from heraldry while wearing a lion mask. He has a mane of hair, a powerful deep 'roaring' voice, big teeth and plenty of regal charisma. There may also be an allusion to his Britishness - a lion appears on the British Royal Family's crest and the Doctor's line while playing the lion is 'remember the French at Agincort!' (a battle they lost to the British). **Lampshaded in the episode "Blink", in which {{Muggle}} Sally Sparrow's best friend, Kathy Nightingale, advises they start a detective company based on their surnames. Sally says that that sounds too [=ITV=].
7th Feb '16 9:01:15 AM anza_sb
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Editing it for a second time because the internet suddenly got disconnected when i try to save the first one.
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[[/folder]] *Adelaide from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' has a black widow spider theme: she has a red hourglass pattern on the back of her shawl, has a web of yarn strung all over her house, [[spoiler:and traps Wirt and Greg by wrapping them bodily in yarn.]][[/folder]]
6th Feb '16 12:09:45 PM Buck
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not confirmed yet but should be mentioned
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**** In a recent poll, people have desired to change the UK's national animal to a hedgehog
1st Feb '16 10:26:33 AM priestessofdan
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* {{Harry Potter}} has patronuses, protective spells that take animal form, and animagi, [[VoluntaryShapeshifter wizards and witches who can turn into animals]]. (A wizard usually has the same patronus and animagi form.) Harry himself has a stag patronus like his father, an animagus, did, and his mother had a doe patronus. There are many examples of deer in Celtic mythology,
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\n* {{Harry Potter}} has patronuses, protective spells that take animal form, and animagi, [[VoluntaryShapeshifter wizards and witches who can turn into animals]]. (A wizard (Wizards usually has the same patronus and animagi form.) Harry himself has a stag patronus like his father, an animagus, did, and his mother had [[spoiler:had a doe patronus. There patronus.]] Stags are many examples of deer in Celtic mythology,majestic and brave but also prideful.
1st Feb '16 10:25:05 AM priestessofdan
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Edited the Harry Potter section
* There are the protective spirits brought forth by the Patronus Charm in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- Harry's Patronus is a stag, which is the animal his father could turn into, Ron Weasley has a terrier, and dotty but quick-thinking Luna Lovegood has a hare. The Patronus of [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] turns out to have a critical symbolic significance recognized even by characters in the scene. Dolores Umbridge, who fills her office with adorable kittens and has a cat Patronus, presents an atypical symbolic association for felines; the cute kittens and sleek cat Patronus (which we see only in a scene where it magically shields Umbridge against the consequences of her own ongoing miscarriage of justice) represent cloying, false sweetness, politeness masking lethal intention, and near-pathological self-justification. ** Ginny's Patronus is a horse, Mr. Weasley's is a weasel (unusual for a "good" character, [[GeniusBonus unless you know]] that weasel mothers are [[MamaBear fiercely protective]]), [[AuthorAvatar Hermione's]] is a playful, intelligent otter (J.K. Rowling's favorite animal), Irish Seamus Finnegan's is a fox, stolid Ernie Macmillan's is a boar, TroubledButCute Cho Chang's is a swan. All the Animagi in the series ([[VoluntaryShapeshifter wizards who can turn into animals]]) seem to have the same animal form as their Patronus. ** Albus Dumbledore's Patronus is a phoenix, and given that he has a pet phoenix and founded the group the Order of the Phoenix (to combat Voldemort) his animal motif is arguably the most blatant. His brother, Aberforth, has a goat Patronus. This keeping with how he he once used "[[NoodleIncident inappropriate charms on a goat]]" and his place of business [[spoiler:The Hog's Head]] smells of goats. ** Minerva [=McGonagall=] has a cat Patronus and transforms into a cat, so it's likely that there are [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation alternate ways to interpret]] the Patronuses based on the witch or wizard's personality. *** The matching Patronuses of Umbridge and [=McGonagall=] are particularly interesting, at the two are shown in distinct contrast as teachers: Umbridge is sickly-sweet and falsely kind on the outside, but is ruthless and sadistic within; whereas [=McGonagall=] is firm and strict at first glance, but is protective and genuinely cares for her students. The contrast between them and their similar forms reflects the contrast between the two most universal stereotypical tropes of cats: CatsAreMagic vs. CatsAreMean. ** Apparently the Patronuses can also change forms if the witch or wizard's personality changes, or to reflect the person they love. Lily Potter, for example, had a doe to match her husband's stag [[spoiler:as did Severus Snape, who loved her]], and Tonks's changed [[spoiler: into a werewolf after she fell in love with Lupin]]. ** Animagi can also serve as a character motif. James was a stag, representing a strong animal which is wild but also overly prideful. Sirius is a dog; something clever and also devotedly loyal. Peter was [[spoiler: a rat, specifically Ron's pet rat Scabbers. This could be interpreted positively as being dexterous and clever, but also as being mistrustful and well...rat-like.]] ** Also, for all that Snape's patronus is a [[spoiler: doe in honour of Lily]], he is often associated with bats, something which is [[DarkIsNotEvil dark and 'evil']] but also misunderstood and associated with witchcraft. ** Each of the Four Houses also has a symbolic animal. [[TheHero Gryffindor]], the brave house, has a lion. [[HufflepuffHouse Hufflepuff]] has a badger, identified [[AllThereInTheManual on Pottermore]] as a docile animal [[BewareTheNiceOnes that can take down much larger creatures if threatened]].[[note]]Fun fact: in earlier drafts, it was going to be a bear instead.[[/note]] [[TheSmartGuy Ravenclaw]] has an eagle, which represents knowledge because it soars above the world. And [[AmbitionIsEvil Slytherin]] has a snake because one of its key traits is sneakiness (and, InUniverse, because its founder [[SssssnakeTalk could talk to them]]). ** Voldemort also has a snake motiff, given that he has a freaking huge snake with him and being a descendant of Salazar Sytherin. He probably can't do a Patronus though. He also has snake-like features, as a side-effect of the magical experiments he performed on himself to gain immortality.
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* There are the {{Harry Potter}} has patronuses, protective spirits brought forth by the Patronus Charm in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' -- Harry's Patronus is a stag, which is the spells that take animal his father could form, and animagi, [[VoluntaryShapeshifter wizards and witches who can turn into, Ron Weasley into animals]]. (A wizard usually has the same patronus and animagi form.) Harry himself has a terrier, stag patronus like his father, an animagus, did, and dotty but quick-thinking Luna Lovegood his mother had a doe patronus. There are many examples of deer in Celtic mythology, ** Severus Snape is often compared to [[DarkIsNotEvil a bat.]] [[spoiler: His patronus is a doe, which represents his love for Lily Evans. Notably, his patronus is a copy of Lily's instead of a complement like James's.]] ** On Pottermore it was revealed that Remus Lupin has a hare. The Patronus wolf patronus, which he is ashamed of [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] turns because he dislikes the reference to his lycanthropy. Yet, wolves are intelligent and loyal to their packs. [[spoiler: Nymphadora Tonks's patronus changes from a jack rabbit to a wolf after the events of the fifth book, out to have a critical symbolic significance recognized even by characters in the scene. of love for Remus.]] ** Dolores Umbridge, who Umbridge fills her office with adorable kittens cat-themed knickknacks and has a cat Patronus, presents an atypical symbolic association for felines; the cute kittens patronus, thus representing CatsAreMean and sleek in opposition to Minerva [=McGonagall's=] cat Patronus (which we see only in a scene where it magically shields Umbridge against the consequences of her own ongoing miscarriage of justice) represent cloying, false sweetness, politeness masking lethal intention, patronus/animagus form (representing CatsAreMagic). ** Other characters whose patronuses are known and near-pathological self-justification. ** Ginny's Patronus is a horse, Mr. Weasley's is a weasel (unusual for a "good" character, [[GeniusBonus unless you know]] that weasel mothers are [[MamaBear fiercely protective]]), [[AuthorAvatar Hermione's]] is a notable include Ron Weasley (a jack russell terrier, loyal and tenacious); Hermione (an otter, playful, intelligent otter (J.K. Rowling's intelligent, [=JKR's=] favorite animal), Irish Seamus Finnegan's is a fox, stolid Ernie Macmillan's is a boar, TroubledButCute Cho Chang's is a swan. All the Animagi in the series ([[VoluntaryShapeshifter wizards who can turn into animals]]) seem to have the same animal form as their Patronus. animal); and Ginny Weasley (a horse, wild and fierce). ** Albus Dumbledore's Patronus is a phoenix, and given that he has a pet phoenix is otherwise associated with phoenixes because of his pet, Fawkes, and founded the group his secret organization the Order of the Phoenix (to combat Voldemort) his animal motif is arguably the most blatant.Phoenix. His brother, Aberforth, has a goat Patronus. This keeping with how he he once used "[[NoodleIncident inappropriate charms on a goat]]" and his place of business [[spoiler:The Hog's Head]] smells of goats. ** Minerva [=McGonagall=] has a cat Patronus and transforms Sirius can turn into a cat, so it's likely that there are [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation alternate ways to interpret]] the Patronuses based on the witch or wizard's personality. *** The matching Patronuses of Umbridge big, black dog because he's clever, loyal, and [=McGonagall=] are particularly interesting, at the two are shown in distinct contrast as teachers: Umbridge is sickly-sweet and falsely kind on the outside, but is ruthless and sadistic within; whereas [=McGonagall=] is firm and strict at first glance, but is protective and genuinely cares for her students. The contrast between them and their similar forms reflects the contrast between the two most universal stereotypical tropes of cats: CatsAreMagic vs. CatsAreMean. ** Apparently the Patronuses can also change forms if the witch or wizard's personality changes, or to reflect the person they love. Lily Potter, for example, had a doe to match her husband's stag [[spoiler:as did Severus Snape, who loved her]], and Tonks's changed [[spoiler: into a werewolf after she fell in love with Lupin]]. ** Animagi can also serve as a character motif. James was a stag, representing a strong animal which is wild but also overly prideful. Sirius is a dog; something clever and also devotedly loyal. lacks impulse control. Peter was [[spoiler: is a rat, specifically Ron's pet rat Scabbers. This which could be interpreted positively as being dexterous and clever, but also clever or negatively as being mistrustful sneaky and well...rat-like.]] ** Also, for all that Snape's patronus is a [[spoiler: doe in honour of Lily]], he is often associated with bats, something which is [[DarkIsNotEvil dark and 'evil']] but also misunderstood and associated with witchcraft. treacherous. ** Each of the Four Houses also has a symbolic animal. animal: [[TheHero Gryffindor]], the brave house, Gryffindor]] has a lion. lion, the King of the Jungle; [[HufflepuffHouse Hufflepuff]] has a badger, identified [[AllThereInTheManual on Pottermore]] as a docile animal [[BewareTheNiceOnes that can take down much larger creatures if threatened]].[[note]]Fun fact: in earlier drafts, it was going to be a bear instead.[[/note]] instead[[/note]]; [[TheSmartGuy Ravenclaw]] has an eagle, which represents knowledge because it soars above the world. And intelligent and independent; [[AmbitionIsEvil Slytherin]] has a snake because one of its key traits snake, which is sneakiness sneaky, clever, and loyal to a close few (and, InUniverse, because its founder [[SssssnakeTalk could talk to them]]). ** Voldemort also has a snake motiff, given that he has a freaking huge snake with him and being a them]]). [[spoiler: Slytherin's descendant of Salazar Sytherin. He probably can't do a Patronus though. He also has snake-like features, as a side-effect of the magical experiments he performed on himself to gain immortality.Voldemort inherited his snake motif.]]
1st Feb '16 4:11:29 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''{{Deverry}}'' novels, many characters are associated with animals. Dweomer workers can take the form of one bird decided by their personality (the garrulous and showmanlike Salamander is embarrassed by his magpie form). Other characters often have an animal associated with their coat of arms, for instance that of Rhodry's family is a badger, representing the clan founder's steadfastness. In the flashbacks, Brangwen and Gerraent are the last scions of the Falcon Clan, and their later incarnations are often associated with falcons in some way.
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* In the ''{{Deverry}}'' novels, many characters are associated with animals. Dweomer workers can take the form of one bird decided by their personality (the garrulous and showmanlike Salamander is embarrassed by his magpie form).form, which is only revealed to the reader ''after'' characters who don't know he's a magic user have repeatedly called him "that chattering magpie"). Other characters often have an animal associated with their coat of arms, for instance that of Rhodry's family is a badger, representing the clan founder's steadfastness. In the flashbacks, Brangwen and Gerraent are the last scions of the Falcon Clan, and their later incarnations are often associated with falcons in some way.
1st Feb '16 4:08:35 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''{{Deverry}}'' novels, many characters are associated with animals. Dweomer workers can take the form of one bird decided by their personality (the garrulous and showmanlike Salamander is embarrassed by his magpie form). Other characters often have an animal associated with their coat of arms, for instance that of Rhodry's family is a badger, representing the clan founder's steadfastness. In the flashbacks, Brangwen and Gerraent are the last scions of the Falcon Clan, and their later incarnations are often associated with falcons in some way.
1st Feb '16 2:21:26 AM GrammarNavi
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* Heraldic animals feature heavily in the {{Branion}} historical fantasy series set in an alternate Britain. There are two opposing Gods - Essus (a white dragon) and the Living Flame (a fire-wolf). Since the [[GodInHumanForm Vessel of the Living Flame]] doubles as the kingdom's sovereign, the fire-wolf doubles as the national symbol and the royal family's crest. Other creatures that feature prominently include the bear, symbol of one of the strongest noble families; a crimson gryphon, symbol of Gwyneth (an [[FantasyCounterpartCulture expy]] of Wales), and the wyvern, crest of the royal dukedom of Yorbourne (aka York). There's also the owl, symbol of choice and totem of a Seer. All these symbols appear commonly in visions and may battle in metaphysical combat.
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* Heraldic animals feature heavily in the {{Branion}} ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' historical fantasy series set in an alternate Britain. There are two opposing Gods - Essus (a white dragon) and the Living Flame (a fire-wolf). Since the [[GodInHumanForm Vessel of the Living Flame]] doubles as the kingdom's sovereign, the fire-wolf doubles as the national symbol and the royal family's crest. Other creatures that feature prominently include the bear, symbol of one of the strongest noble families; a crimson gryphon, symbol of Gwyneth (an [[FantasyCounterpartCulture expy]] of Wales), and the wyvern, crest of the royal dukedom of Yorbourne (aka York). There's also the owl, symbol of choice and totem of a Seer. All these symbols appear commonly in visions and may battle in metaphysical combat.
31st Jan '16 1:09:20 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* Travis Touchdown, main character of ''NoMoreHeroes'' has a number of tiger motifs- his [[SuperMode Dark Side Mode]] meter is a pixellated tiger walking across the screen, a number of his clothing options have tiger designs, his motorcycle is named the "Schpeltiger", his ultimate sword has a 'Tiger' kanji on its hilt, and one of his final wrestling moves is the Tiger Suplex.
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* Travis Touchdown, main character of ''NoMoreHeroes'' ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' has a number of tiger motifs- his [[SuperMode Dark Side Mode]] meter is a pixellated tiger walking across the screen, a number of his clothing options have tiger designs, his motorcycle is named the "Schpeltiger", his ultimate sword has a 'Tiger' kanji on its hilt, and one of his final wrestling moves is the Tiger Suplex.
28th Jan '16 7:21:13 PM Zephyr7
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* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' usually links animals to the character's name or epithet. ** Masamune is known as the "One Eye Dragon" and his HellishPupils and DualWielding of six words invoke dragon imagery. ** Shingen and Yukimaru is the tiger. Shingen's red helmet, stripes around his arm and fiery personality encourage the motif.
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