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14th Sep '17 6:08:43 PM MsZephy7
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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Sharkface is identified as a shark, [[PlayingWithFire ironically enough]]. His helmet visor is painted with a shark's mouth akin to old-school nose art, and a tattoo of a shark jaw on his chest. He is also [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks a fierce hunter]] trying to find Carolina and Washington to kill them.
6th Sep '17 1:32:06 PM SeptimusHeap
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** Many SpiderMan foes also have animal motifs. J. Michael Straczynski's run posited that Spidey is being assaulted by envious pretenders who subconsciously realize that he is a true totemic champion. ''The Darkest Hours,'' a book by JimButcher based on this run, introduces the siblings of Morlun, an ImplacableMan and EnergyVampire who feeds on this type, and it turns out that ''every'' AnimalThemedSuperbeing has this connection even if it's not obvious. Black Cat is a BadassNormal; she wasn't bitten by a radioactive cat and given feline powers. Yet, if she wasn't cat enough to be delicious and nutritious to the likes of Morlun, she'd never have chosen the name. That's why Spidey, Cat, and [[EnemyMine even the Rhino]] must team up when [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mortia, Thanis, and Malos]] come to town.

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** Many SpiderMan foes also have animal motifs. J. Michael Straczynski's run posited that Spidey is being assaulted by envious pretenders who subconsciously realize that he is a true totemic champion. ''The Darkest Hours,'' a book by JimButcher Creator/JimButcher based on this run, introduces the siblings of Morlun, an ImplacableMan and EnergyVampire who feeds on this type, and it turns out that ''every'' AnimalThemedSuperbeing has this connection even if it's not obvious. Black Cat is a BadassNormal; she wasn't bitten by a radioactive cat and given feline powers. Yet, if she wasn't cat enough to be delicious and nutritious to the likes of Morlun, she'd never have chosen the name. That's why Spidey, Cat, and [[EnemyMine even the Rhino]] must team up when [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mortia, Thanis, and Malos]] come to town.
3rd Sep '17 11:55:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'': Arawn and Engus resemble wolves; Math and Kern resemble lions.
22nd Aug '17 12:42:47 PM TompaDompa
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* ''Film/{{Napoleon}}'':
** Napoleon had a pet eagle as a child, and is represented by eagles throughout the film.
** Robespierre is introduced sitting beneath a statue of a vulture. No points for subtlety there.
19th Aug '17 8:27:12 PM VulgarBee
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* AnimalMotifs/FanWorks
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' SpriteComic ''Webcomic/KristophGavinAceAttorney'' has a group of criminals all codenamed after birds.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' fanworks, Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier are commonly associated with sharks and rats, respectively. This probably originated with Michael Fassbender's [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily distinctive and somewhat intimidating smile]] and the "adorable lab rat" line in the Cerebro scene.
** Sharks are [[MemeticBadass notorious]] aquatic predators; Erik is a badass, a [[NaziHunter hunter (of Nazis)]], and first meets Charles when they're both in the water. Rats are small, cute (to those who like them), clever, and associated with science; Charles is a BadassBookworm professor of genetics and his actor is both [[PrettyBoy rather pretty]] and a bit on the short side.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3857461/1/ On the Alteration of Species]]'' has the Straw Hats transformed into an animal based on their personalities. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by one character. Luffy becomes a monkey because monkeys are funny and enjoy to explore. Robin is a cat due to her observing and clever nature. Zoro a wolf, headstrong and powerful. Usopp a stoat, able to get away quickly and also stand their ground if necessary. Sanji becomes a horse due to his intelligent and sweet nature. Nami becomes a magpie which are known to like shiny things (see ThievingMagpie) and being very smart (see CleverCrows). And Chopper remains as a reindeer.
** It should be noted that creator Oda has given a WordOfGod answer to the question of what each pirate would be as an animal. Luffy is a monkey, yes, though Nami is a cat, Zolo a shark, Sanji a duck and Usopp an armadillo (Robin had not yet joined at that point).
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Female Shadowkhan seem to inherently have a snake theme, as both [[VillainProtagonist Jade]] and [[PredecessorVillain the Elders]] have it.
** [[FutureBadass Karasu]] is described as having bird-like features.
* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': ComicBook/DoctorFate has a vision of the future at the beginning of the second arc, which begins with a cat and a bird fighting in the shadow of a tiger. WordOfGod has confirmed that they represent Terra, Midnight, and Slade, respectively.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' is full of this, sometimes in-universe. [[Creator/DavidTennant The Tenth]] [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor's]] PuppyEyes are almost a RunningGag. Professor Moriarty retains all his serpentine qualities, in the narrative and in the characters' thoughts, and Colonel Moran is as much the tiger as ever. Literature/SherlockHolmes calls [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury Beth Lestrade]] the "tigress that got away," a double play on words as Beth is very much the tigress and Moran is a famous tiger hunter. Holmes himself is described often as "feline" and "catlike," ''especially'' once [[spoiler:he marries Beth]].
** Beth also has an AffectionateNickname for him: ''Kitty''. That is all.
* ''FanFic/CandyForYourThoughts'': Alejandro is often compared to and referred as a snake, and to a lesser extent Duncan has a lion motif.
* Two protagonists of ''Webcomic/{{Guidestuck}}''- being animals [[Webcomic/HomeStuck in canon]]- are themed after their original forms. Bec is gruff and stubborn, like a wild dog. Jaspers, a cat, is proud, sophisticated and a little bit spoiled.
* In the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10670768/4/Clothes-please Clothes, please?]]'' Ren describes his fellow students as if he were narrating a nature documentary.
-->''"You can plainly see the affectionate gaze the lioness gives to the male..."''
* The witch Embry in ''FanFic/RoyalHeights'' has a strong association with bees. They cling onto her spirit form and are all over her home realm where she tends to them like pets.
* From ''Fanficl/KiryuuinChronicles'', we have Rei, who tends to be associated with birds, which is more apparent in chapter eight (titled "Releasing the Dove"). Apparently, this has something to do with their situation, considering that birds did seem to remind her of something that she couldn't do and that was fly, along with alluding to them living in an abusive home, the which they couldn't escape so easily, unless let out some how, like a bird would be unable to do if it were caged.
-->'''Satsuki''': Of course, birds reminded her of something that she nor any of us could do and that was fly, yet, at the same, they probably reminded her of how caged we are.
* From ''Fanfic/{{Nightblade}}'', the main character is heavily associated with cats and snakes, to the point of being described as purring and hissing at times.
* Many ''Manga/DeathNote'' {{Yaoi}} fanfics ascribe a dog motif to Matt, for his unquestioning loyalty and obedience to Mello, and willingness to follow the latter to the ends of the Earth.
** To complement this, some also give a cat motif to [[{{Tsundere}} Mello]]. See also UsefulNotes/BoysLoveNotes.
* In ''[[http://elexuscal.tumblr.com/post/131683324726/hm-how-about-pearlrose-wow-surprise-with-34 The Dancing and the Dreaming]]'', the confident, long-haired woman [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Rose Quartz]] wears a lion mask to her masquerade ball.
* There's [[http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Alternate%20Universe%20-%20Daemons/works a]] [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&work_search%5Bquery%5D=daemon subgenre]] of crossover fics- usually referred to as '[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials daemon]]' fics- that focus on what kind of daemon [Character X] would develop and why.
** ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/378053?view_adult=true Neala]]'', depicts HarryPotter[='s=] daemon as a hare, to underline his HumbleHero tendencies. Ron's is a husky dog, symbolizing his loyalty and determination. Hermione's is a raven, which shows her intelligence.
** ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/571754 Alatus]]'' shows her as a dragon because "Harry cannot pretend he belongs in the muggle world."
** ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/552157?view_full_work=true Tueri]]'' shows [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Dean Winchester]]'s as a [[PantheraAwesome cougar]].
--->''"I'm good like this," she whispered back, when he asked her under cover of Sam watching cartoons that evening, licking a paw and scrubbing it over her ear. "We’re good, like this. People won’t fuck with us, and we can take care of Sammy. Chicks’ll think you’re all mature and shit cause I settled early, and everyone knows people with cat daemons are all mysterious and seductive." She’d flashed him a grin, all sharp teeth. "Try not to let ‘em down ''too'' much."''
** In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/974902?view_full_work=true Our Souls Are Dust and Starlight]], [[Series/DoctorWho Donna]]'s daemon is a tiger, much to her confusion - ''"[[ImNotAHeroIm I'm just a temp from Chiswick]]!"''
* ''Fanfic/CodeGeassThePreparedRebellion'' frequently compares C.C. to a cat, fitting for her aloof yet playful demeanor. Other fanfics do this as well, noting how she does nothing but lounge around all day asleep, bother people, be disobedient to requests, and eat.
* In ''[[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Sleeping Beetle]]'', the heroes visit a castle which is almost overloaded with owl imagery. Its Romanian name, ''Castel Bufniţă,'' literally translates as "Owl Castle," and its owner can turn into an owl at will. However, this has nothing to do with the traditional notion of owls as being wise; it's because the owner is a ''[[OurVampiresAreDifferent strigoi mort]]'', which according to vampiric lore turn into owls rather than bats.
* In the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfic ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', Littlefinger keeps getting compared to a weasel even though his personal coat of arms is a mockingbird.
** The one thing that finally signifies that Theon is more a Stark than a Greyjoy is him getting the seventh direwolf pup.
* In ''A Good Day'', this is used to show how different Ryuuko thinks she and her sister, Satsuki, are. The latter, appearance wise, as she put it, can be a compared to be crane, an animal that is associated with beauty and grace, while the former compares herself to a bulldog, which, apparently, corresponds with her appearance of being "short, stumpy, frumpy, fat, and rolly".
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* Felix Leiter is described as having feline slanted eyes in ''Literature/CasinoRoyale''.
* In ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheDurbervilles'', Colonel Moran often compares Professor Moriarty to a snake, cold-blooded, deadly, with cobra eyes, an adder's smile, and a neck-wobbling habit that reminds him of a snake.
* Literature/TheBible is full of animal analogies. Lions, doves, sheep and cattle are especially prominent: Jesus himself was regularly compared to lambs, lions and, in later Christianity, [[MythicalMotifs unicorns.]]
* ''Literature/TheIliad'' is heavy with animal similes when describing characters' emotions and actions.
* Many of the noble houses in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have animals on their coats of arms, and are commonly referred to by these animals as well as showing an awareness of how they are 'supposed' to act to fit the animal characteristics; the series has a lot of fun with the possible symbolism. For example, the grim, grey, [[NobleWolf noble]], and cold-dwelling Starks have a direwolf on their arms, while the blonde, vain, and aggressive Lannisters have a lion. Littlefinger deliberately chooses the small, bright, and [[strike:harmless]] cunning thief, the mockingbird, for his arms to appear nonthreatening. Crows seem to act as the motif for the series as a whole, symbolizing war, ill omen, and death. Members of the Night's Watch are also (somewhat mockingly) referred to as Crows.
** To top it off many characters are referred to by animal nicknames based off their traits. Sansa Stark is nicknamed "little bird" for her ability to repeat "pretty words". Also, Sandor is often called dog or The Hound (because the Clegane coat of arms has three dogs).
** To expand on the use of the bird motif used for Sansa, her chapters are usually rife with symbolism relating to birds, the sky and flying, not to mention the fact that she is currently living with Petyr Baelish, the other avian associated character.
*** ''And'' they're located in a mountaintop castle, which is nicknamed the Eyrie.
** The Starks, Targaryens, and Dothraki have a closer relationship with their animal sigils (direwolf, dragon, and horse, respectively) than most [[BestialityIsDepraved (no, not like that)]]. The Stark children all get direwolf companions early in the first book. The Targaryens rode dragons to war, and the Dothraki consider horses essential to their nomadic lifestyle.
** The sigil of House Martell actually [[AvertedTrope is not an animal]], but Oberyn and his daughters have a snake motif, especially connected to their fighting style: fast, sneaky and [[PoisonedWeapons poisonous]].
** The infamous "''Rains of Castamere''" song leans heavily on the fact that both House Lannister and House Reyne had lions[[note]]Lannister's golden, Reyne's red[[/note]] for their coats of arms.
** Subverted by the Florents, who have a fox for their sigil and look like foxes with their large ears, but are not particularly cunning, being vain and unpleasant.
** The Freys don't have it as their sigil but are frequently compared to weasels, looking like them and acting sneaky and unpleasant.
* The Neanderthals depicted in Jean Auel's ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren Clan of the Cave Bear]]'' have individual animal "totems"; the heroine, Ayla, has a cave lion, a controversially strong totem for a woman.
* In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' your daemon's form (an animal) represents yourself and is part of your soul. Since children have not yet truly defined who they are in life, their daemons can shape shift until they mature.
* ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'': ''"Barda The Bear"'' is what Barda was called as guard during days of peace in Del, for being the toughest out of all the guards, though Barda doesn't appreciate that moniker when Jinx calls him by it.
** Jasmine associated [[FriendToAllLivingThings many animals]] but mainly with birds since her connection with her pet black bird Kree and distaste for walls and stone, preferring freedom of the air. Lief is tied with Dragons and their majesty [[spoiler: as the Deltora royal family are connected to Dragons and literal dragon come back in the third series]].
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Given the [[BeastFable initial source material]], there's quite a lot of this present throughout the series. Some of it is quite overt, especially when the primary cast of characters is concerned, though there are a few subtler instances of it as well.
** For instance, Duke Nobel's coat of arms depicts a white lion, his father's name is Leo, and he aspires to be [[KingOfBeasts the king.]] On the other hand, in spite of her being ''raven-haired'', living in a figurative gilded cage, and hailing from a city with a raven as its symbol, it can still be easy to miss that the Countess Persephone is oft likened to a bird.
* Several times in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' by Creator/TamoraPierce.
** ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' stars a female knight called Alanna, who gains the appellation "The Lioness" because of her courage and tenacity.
** Her [[Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness daughter]], Aly, is a clever girl who likes to joke around. She learns how to talk to crows early in the plot, befriends the [[CleverCrows crow gods]], and [[spoiler:eventually falls in love with a crow shapeshifted into a man]].
** In the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books, the proto-police force adopt the disparaging nickname "Dogs," call their watchouses "Kennels," and their trainees "Puppies," as they find the connotations of a loyal hunter/tracker to be highly appropriate. Beka is also nicknamed after a breed of hunting dog for her actions in each book as a TitleDrop.
* The main characters in ''Literature/TheImpairment'' each are associated with an animal of which reflects their personalities.
** Lead and POV character Kyle Griffin is associated with, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what else, Griffins]]. His motif is the only one among the rest that isn't actually a real animal, but rather a mythical beast. This is a reflection of his desire to escape from the cruel real world and find solace in the "fantasy world" of his drunken stupor. It may also reflect his desire to be free of suspicion (the bird/flying aspect of the creature) and his aggressive nature towards his suspicion (the lion aspect).
** [[OnlyFriend The sole believer on campus to Kyle's claims]], Mark Rivera, has a wolf motif, which reflects his aggressive attitude towards anyone that's hostile to anyone to whom he's fiercely protective and loyal. It's a part of a gag with his [[spoiler: deceased]] girlfriend Naomi Portman's motif of the Moon, and also reflection of his [[spoiler: sad and lonesome outlook on life]].
** Nathan Reeves [[spoiler: Bret Cameron]], takes the falcon as his both for the fact by [[spoiler: personality he’s an excellent tracker and a careful and silent overseer of his surroundings]] and that he [[spoiler: uses camera-bots disguised as taxidermy falcons to spy on Kyle]].
** Allie Parker’s seems to be cats which fit to her curious attitude, the mysterious nature of her personality and of course [[spoiler: in truth to her agile and dangerous skills and techniques and her territorial, independent and dangerous tendencies]].
** Being that he’s a bipedal version and greatly resembles one, Meleeo is identified with Chameleons. This greatly reflects how he blends in to his surroundings and [[spoiler: adapted and fooled both the readers and the characters of his true personality and colors]]. Oh and of course his tongue.
** Kiefer Waldgrave identifies himself with the caterpillar, cocoon, and Moth family. [[spoiler: He clearly started out a pathetic, weak and idealistic young man, but slowly gave in to his newfound ideals and confined himself to the cocoon of his new ideals till he hoped to become something much greater]].
** The men of the Beta Alpha Omega fraternity are identified by Mark as “dogs”, possibly by how depending on their owner and surroundings it ultimately shapes their personalities, of which these boys are aggressive and brutal.
** Emma Sumiko is identified with koi fish, possibly due to her Asian heritage and her milky, elegant and beautiful appearance.
* {{Harry Potter}} has patronuses, protective spells that take animal form, and animagi, [[VoluntaryShapeshifter wizards and witches who can turn into animals]]. (Wizards usually has the same patronus and animagi form.) Harry himself has a stag patronus like his father, an animagus, did, and his mother [[spoiler:had a doe patronus.]] Stags are majestic and brave but also prideful.
** 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 wolf patronus, which he is ashamed of 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 of love for Remus.]]
** Dolores Umbridge fills her office with cat-themed knickknacks and has a cat patronus, thus representing CatsAreMean and in opposition to Minerva [=McGonagall's=] cat patronus/animagus form (representing CatsAreMagic).
** Other characters whose patronuses are known and notable include Ron Weasley (a jack russell terrier, loyal and tenacious); Hermione (an otter, playful, intelligent, [=JKR's=] favorite animal); and Ginny Weasley (a horse, wild and fierce).
** Albus Dumbledore's Patronus is a phoenix, and he is otherwise associated with phoenixes because of his pet, Fawkes, and his secret organization the Order of the 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.
** Sirius can turn into a big, black dog because he's clever, loyal, and lacks impulse control. Peter is a rat, which could be interpreted positively as being dexterous and clever or negatively as being sneaky and treacherous.
** Each of the Four Houses also has a symbolic animal: [[TheHero Gryffindor]] has a lion, the King of the Jungle; [[HufflepuffHouse Hufflepuff]] has a badger, 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, intelligent and independent; [[AmbitionIsEvil Slytherin]] has a snake, which is sneaky, clever, and loyal to a close few (and, InUniverse, because its founder [[SssssnakeTalk could talk to them]]). [[spoiler: Slytherin's descendant Voldemort inherited his snake motif.]]
** Rubius Hagrid and Newt Scamander can be assisoated with dragons and other fierce creatures due to extreme and [[FluffyTamer touching care]] of magical monsters which most people would fear.
* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} all have signature animals they often turn into, particularly in battle. For example, Marco, the SadClown with a creatively ruthless streak, typically transforms into a gorilla, which is big and bulky but still both dangerous and capable of delicate manipulations with opposable thumbs; TheHero, Jake, is a tiger; BloodKnight Rachel is a [[BearsAreBadNews grizzly bear]]; Tobias is a hawk (self-sufficient and needs lots of space); TeamMom Cassie is a wolf.
** And [[SixthRangerTraitor David]] is [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves a rat]]. [[ShoutOut For all his rage, he is still just a rat in a]] [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion bottle.]] David also sometimes uses a lion, which represents his savage fighting style, as even Jake in his tiger morph couldn't defeat him.
** Ax also often goes into battle unmorphed, since Andalites are plenty dangerous in their natural state (''extremely'' sharp tail blades, remember?)
** When Tom acquires the morphing power late in the series, the only morph he is ever seen using is a cobra. This is incredibly fitting, given his role in the final story arc.
** Finally, Visser Three has a grab bag assortment of alien morphs, but the only one he uses more than once is the 'Eight', the bizarre eight-headed, eight-armed, eight-legged, fire-breathing abomination he uses in the climax of the first book. Besides setting up the Visser as an alien threat of monstrous proportions, this particular morph owes a lot to the Beast of Revelations.
* ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' has in its third chapter a tortoise trying to cross a road and getting run over by a truck. In the fourth chapter, we meet Jim Casey, who's described as having a "long head" and a "beaked" nose.
** A very similar [[Creator/JohnSteinbeck Steinbeck]] example occurs in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''. Lennie and Candy's dog are described in very similar terms: both have "pale...eyes" and dragging feet. [[spoiler:Both succumb to DeathByNewberyMedal via ShootTheDog]].
* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges writes a tiger somewhere into many of his stories.
* Incredibly important in 'Het verrotte leven van Floortje Bloem', a Dutch book which title translates to 'The screwed-up life of Floortje Bloem'. It's about a young hooker hooked on heroin who gets a fur rabbit from a pedophile. This fur rabbit is used to portray her innocence and it deterorates further and further from that point.
* ''Literature/SongsOfInnocenceAndOfExperience'' employs the recurring imagery of different animals to represent innocence, e.g. "The Lamb", and experience, e.g. "The Tyger". In "THE FLY", the narrator compares himself directly to a fly with reference to human mortality and vulnerability.
* An in-universe example: In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, each of the [[NumerologicalMotif 17]] Great Houses is named after an animal. However, since a lot of those animals aren't from Earth, the similarities between [[PlanetOfHats the personality traits of the House]] and the traits of the animal are much better understood by the characters than by us.
* In ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', a character remarked when [[spoiler:Tristran is transformed into a dormouse by a witch]], that she isn't sure whether [[spoiler:the spell simply transformed Tristran into a dormouse or it had chosen the form that Tristran is most like]].
** This trope is something of a {{Motif}} for Creator/NeilGaiman, present also in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', ''Literature/AmericanGods'', ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', and even ''Literature/GoodOmens''.
* Each chapter of TheDarkswordTrilogy starts with a small, symbolic illustration. Joram is represented as a [[Literature/TheFrogPrince frog]] wearing a crown, referencing his RoyalBlood; Simkin is represented as a [[CleverCrows crow]] wearing a jester's cap, referencing his TricksterArchetype nature and status as TheFool.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' has President Snow identifying with a snake, especially his eyes. Katniss has been compared to a mockingjay. (The motifs actually plays a lot into the story & symbolism [[spoiler: Snow is described as having features that make him look like a snake and importantly, later on, we learn that he gained his position from poisoning his enemies. And Katniss' role as the Mockingjay is revealing about the nature in which she's been manipulated in the novels, the mockingjays were signs of rebellion but could not produce their own words. Katniss is constantly a puppet for the 'players' of the books, like President Snow, Plutarch and Coin. She also is reduced to a poor mental state where she begins singing to herself in the end of the last novel.]]
** Rue is described as having bright, dark eyes and satiny brown skin and standing tilted up on her toes with her arms slightly extended to her sides, as if ready to take wing at the slightest sound. It's impossible not to think of a bird. Her swift and almost invisible movements through the treetops added to the bird-like description. Rue's pre-games interview costume is described as a sheer dress with shimmering gossamer wings. Of course she can also communicate to the birds through song.
** Katniss nicknamed the girl from District 5 "Foxface" because of her fox-like appearance. She has red hair and is describe by Katniss as sly and elusive. Foxface demonstrated her cleverness by figuring out the path into the Careers' supply pyramid and reached the bulk of supplies, takes an unnoticeable amount of food, and then runs back to the safety of the woods.
* Literature/InDeath series: Roarke has been compared to a wolf in ''Ceremony in Death'', ''Vengeance in Death'', and ''Promises in Death''. ''Promises in Death'' actually had Eve and several women discussing the men in their lives and comparing them to animals. Nadine got a turtle of a man. Trina got a snake of a man. Mira got an owl of a man. Peabody got a puppy of a man. Mavis got a bear of a man. Louise got a cheetah of a man. Nadine theorizes that Roarke is a panther, but Eve ends up saying "wolf," and Mira points out that when wolves mate, it's for life.
* In the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', each of the gods has a totemic animal: Belar's is a bear, Torak's is a dragon, Chaldan's is a bull, Issa's is a snake, Nedra's is a lion, Mara's is a bat, and Aldur's is an owl. Each god, and his chosen race of people, take on the personality characteristics of their animal, and in some cases go beyond: Barak turns into a bear when a certain condition is met; Salmissra is transformed into a serpent as punishment for her particular meddling; Torak's successor transforms into a dragon on occasion in an effort to impede the party; and the female sorcerers under Aldur's tutelage prefer the form of the owl for themselves (the males prefer the wolf). The sorcerers also wear an amulet each bearing the image of their chosen form.
* In the Indian novel ''Literature/TheWhiteTiger'': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The white tiger]]. %% This comment was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like and tell this troper.
* Heraldic animals feature heavily in the ''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.
* In ''Literature/TerraMirumChronicles'' both the Nightmare Queen and Titania, mockingly in the first case and affectionately in the second, refer to Prince Oswin as a rabbit. He takes the place of the white rabbit [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland in the original tale]].
* ''Literature/AvalonWebOfMagic'' play around with this trope; Emily and Kara are magically bonded to various animals, instead of one species in particular. Adriane plays it straight: she feels especially connected to [[FantasyKitchenSink mistwolves]], and one is her [[NobleWolf protector]] and companion. Fittingly, Adriane is a [[SugarAndIcePersonality introverted but staunchly loyal]], [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold difficult to befriend]], and knowledgeable about nature. As her magical abilities grow, [[TheBeastmaster she becomes capable of summoning spirit wolves.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** The predatory [[HornyDevils White]] [[KissOfDeath Court]] refer to humans as deer. This is used to establish the Court as [[LackOfEmpathy unfeeling]] and [[FantasticRacism contemptuous]] of their 'prey'.
** The Mantle of the [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Winter Lady]] is represented by an incorporeal serpent, a symbol of the sex and danger it drives its hosts to spread. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Not coincidentally]], [[spoiler:one of its future bearers has a snake tattoo.]]
* Literature/SherlockHolmes is often compared to a hunting hound when he's hot on the scent of a criminal. [[BigBad Moriarty]], meanwhile, is likened to a spider at the centre of a web. His right-hand man, the grizzled tiger hunter Moran, is described as being very much like a tiger himself. Similarly, ''The Devil's Foot'' features a character named [[PunnyName Leon]] Sterndale, a lion-hunter with a mane of blonde hair and a fierce, noble temperament. And then there's the "ferret-like" InspectorLestrade...
* The two protagonists of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'' come from the Wolf and Raven clans respectively- two animals that frequently share prey. Given that the first book centers around a hunt, this is quite fitting.
* A Zen {{Koan}} [[http://spiritual-minds.com/stories/zen.htm describes]] a monk who was afraid of a spider that appeared during his meditation. His master told him to mark the spider with a chalk 'X' next time it appeared- and upon doing so, the monk realizes that he's marked himself.
* Each novel in the Literature/MiriamBlack series has a particular bird as a title, the mythology of which relates in some way to their stories.
** ''Blackbirds'': Psychopomps -- beings that transport dead souls to the afterlife. Miriam believes for most of the novel that she's no more than a witness to death, and that she can't control fate.
** ''Mockingbird'': A bird with no unique song; instead "mocking" those of others. The serial killer Miriam has to hunt down is capable of imitating other voices.
** ''The Cormorant'': Symbolizes greed, gluttony or overindulgence. The main antagonist is DrunkWithPower, and to save [[spoiler:her mother]]'s life, Miriam must find a way to defeat him.
* ''Literature/ThePosterChildren'' has an abundance of these. The Underwoods, including Ellie, have a bird motif. Zip is referred to as a cheetah both in-universe and out, June has the tigress, Maks is compared to a monkey, and Ernest is actually based on a golden retriever. Ofelia also has sea lion physiology.
* O'Reilly Media's computer programming books have old-fashioned lithographic illustrations of animals on their covers.
* Multiple characters in the ''Literature/{{Sandokan}}'' novels have one or more animal motif:
** The most prolific is the tiger: starts out as Sandokan's symbol (known as the [[RedBaron Tiger of Malaysia]] because people realize he's just that badass. They are wrong, he's ''stronger''), and by association is extended to his pirate crew (the Tigers of Mompracem), with their flag being originally a tiger head in red field and later changing to three heads (representing Sandokan, his [[BashBrothers most trusted companion]] Yanez and [[TheLostLenore his late wife Marianna]], all of them more than capable of murdering any tiger stupid enough not to run when they show up); Suyodhana, leader of the Thuggee cult, is known as the Tiger of India, and he's the only man who could hold his own in a one-on-one fight with Sandokan.
** The UsefulNotes/BritishEmpire is associated with lions and leopard, and both animals are used to refer to Britishmen and British warships;
** {{Subverted}} with Tremal Naik, who is known as "[[RedBaron The Hunter of Tigers and Snakes of the Black Jungle]]" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin because that's what he used to do for a living before meeting his future wife]].
* Tris from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' is associated with crows and ravens.
* The witches of the Pallid Masque from the ''Literature/RevancheCycle'' are given animal names and bone masks to match by the coven's mistress. Said names are sometimes deceptive, as the bandits who waylay [[spoiler:Hedy, the Mouse]] learn the hard way.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Princess (later Queen) Kasile of Ataidar invokes the image of tigers whenever possible because one of them is her divine ancestor's {{familiar}} in addition to the fact that they are powerful and majestic creatures. They decorate her dresses, her castle, and they inspired her development of the Mana Claw technique.
* 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, 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.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Nikita is often associated with mantis in-universe, to the point where it's her nickname and the BigBad threatens her with a box of dead mantids, and Robin - or, rather, Robin's past life - is symbolized by a deer.
* ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'': Both the biologist and the lighthouse keeper are heavily associated with birds. The biologist is nicknamed Ghost Bird by her late husband, [[spoiler:who himself ends up being transformed into an owl]], and the lighthouse keeper is an avid bird watcher, writing down what kind of birds he's seen on any given day.
* ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'' loves its animal motifs.
** Spaceships are called "moths", with various types being called "__moths".
** Most factions are symbolized by an animal:
*** Shuos - ninefox
*** Kel - ashhawk ("suicide hawk")
*** Rahal - scrywolf ("execution wolf")
*** Vidona - the stingray
** Shuos Jedao's signifier is the Immolation Fox, a variation on ninefox.
** Kel Cheris' signifier is Ashhawk Sheathed Wings, symbolizing mentally-stable Kel.
** Drones are shaped like stylized animals, with a particular animal depending on the owners' faction and the drone's purpose.
** Cheris' home is called the City of Ravens Feasting.
* In the poem ''Hyena'', the authoress compares someone she knows (but clearly not fond of) to the titular aninal, the animal generally being seen as annoying and unpleasant (mostly the forner).
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Countless wrestlers have "Dragon" in their names or nicknames. It's universally a sign of respect.
** Dragón Rojo in 1970s Wrestling/{{CMLL}}. His son would later take up the mask after trying other gimmicks.
** [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]], one of the few non Japanese people to get the honor in Japan (Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling)
** Conversely AJPW's Kazuharu Sonoda was known as "Magic Dragon" in the Americas
** Wrestling/UltimoDragon.
** Super Dragon
** Rie Tamada and GAMI, the {{tag team}} known as [=ReDragon=] in Wrestling/AjaKong's ARSION.(and later, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish, reDRagon in Ring Of Honor)
** Big Japan's Death Match Dragon, Ryuji Ito
** "American Dragon" Wrestling/BryanDanielson, one of the few non-Japanese to ever win that honor in Japan.
** Dragon Kid and his nemesis Darkness Dragon
** Dark Dragon, who fought the "King Of Monsters" Blue Dragon [[LegacyCharacter and later]], Ultimo Dragon (came before Blue Dragon but [[SevenYearRule sort of]] inherited his nemesis, sort of not as [[LegacyCharacter one of]] his Dark Dragons turned out to be [[HijackedByGanon long time foe]] Hajime Ohara)
** There's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JMeKSjBYQY Dragon Dragon.]]
** Chilean Dragon Gustav EXE in Xplosion Nacional de Lucha Libre
** The Chinese Dragon Yosuke (loves) Santa Maria(he's from Japan, but whatever)
** Dragon Shynron in Wrestling/{{Chikara}} and Beyond. His Fusion Dance partner ACH has been compared to Bruce Leroy and thus called ''Film/TheLastDragon'' sometimes.
** Lady Dragon in IWRG
** The Lucha Dragons, a tag team composed of [[Wrestling/{{Hunico}} Sin Cara]] and Kalisto.
* Cats are popular, unsurprisingly
** Big Cat Ernie Ladd, one of the more well known crossovers from American football to pro wrestling.
** Masked Luchador Blue Panther and his many successors
** Masked Luchador Bengala for white tigers.
** El Pantera for black panthers and El Pantera Jr. for white panthers
** In Japan and Japanese-influenced promotions, up-and-coming wrestlers are called "young lions." Ex Masahiro Chono, Wrestling/SatoshiKojima, Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi, Wrestling/ChrisHero, Ryusuke Taguchi
** Puerto Rican legend of the Wrestling/{{A|mericanWrestlingAssociation}}WA and Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling "La Tigresa" Irma Acevedo, as well as her more terrifying successor simply known as La Tigresa in WWC and IWA Puerto Rico (not to be confused with Mexican Tigresa del Norte).
** [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]] and his many successors such as Tiger Dream and Extreme Tiger as well as evil knockoffs, such as Black Tiger and Masked Tiger.
** Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger, two cat motifs for the price of one.
** Early on his career Wrestling/ChrisJericho had a number of lion-based names and nicknames, which fit well with his long blond hair. He hasn't gone by any of those names in years, even since before he [[ImportantHaircut cut his mane short]]...but his version of the springboard moonsault is still called the [[TheArtifact "Lionsault"]].
** Tigre Universitario and Mini Tigre Universitario in IWRG
** Wrestling/{{WCW}} Power Plant graduate Ernest "The Cat" Miller
** The Queen Of Cats, masked luchadora [[Wrestling/GailKim La Felina]].
** The lion Ryukyu, Super Shisa
** Cat Power obviously, as well as Croatian Panther in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}
** Wrestling/{{Chikara}} wrestler Lince Dorado for house cats.
** Wrestling/KofiKingston started being referred to as a "Wildcat" in WWE.
** The late Wrestling/EddieGuerrero donned the aforementioned Black Tiger LegacyCharacter in his career.
** Wrestling/StacyCarter wrestled as "Ms. Kitty" and later "The Kat".
** Wrestling/{{Sable}} has a leopard screeching on her entrance theme.
* Canines tend to be for {{tag team}}s and [[PowerTrio trios]], due to being social animals
** Bulldog Mallory back in the 1930s
** Butcher Vachon and Mad Dog Vachon in the 1950s
** Legendary Wrestling/{{CMLL}} luchador Perro Auagayo. Perro Auagayo Jr. would go on to found the CardCarryingVillain stable Los Perros Del Mal, which would causes mischief in CMLL, splinter fed Wrestling/{{AAA}} and then start [[VillainBasedFranchise its very own promotion]] with its own "evil" title belts.
** Wrestling/JunkyardDog, who would later train Redd Dogg, who would later form the Dogg Pound with [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]].
** Wrestling/TheMoonDogs, Max, Rex, Rover, Spot, Splat, Spike, King and Cujo(and Black Moondog, and [[DistaffCounterpart Moondog Fifi]], and their trainee Moonpuppy [[TheLongList and...]])
** The British Bulldogs, Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith and Wrestling/DynamiteKid. Had an actual bulldog (Matilda) which they bought to the ring with them.
** The Marine Wolves, Akira Hokuto and Suzuka Minami in AJW
** Shark Tsuchiya's Mad Dog Military in Wrestling/{{FMW}}
** The Pitbulls of the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance and Wrestling/{{ECW}}
** The Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo Wolfpac splinter faction in Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
** The Havana Pitbulls Ricky Reyes and Rocky Romero, starting in Ultimate Pro Wrestling, who were in turn part of the Rottweiler [[PowerStable stable.]]
** Foxes for 21st Century Fox, obviously.
** Bolo The Red Bull Dog of New Wrestling Generation, WWC and IWA Puerto Rico
** Jesse Neal is known as "The Dog Of War", which is an old nickname for the USA Army soldiers, which he was.
** Belgian and Netherlands promotions such as Free-Style Championship Wrestling have Amsterdam Bulldogs Vito Toscani and Wesley Croton.
** The Wrestling/RingOfHonor tag team of Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards call themselves "The American Wolves," referencing their ferocity and team mentality. AR Fox (which might be enough to count on its own) formed the African American Wolves with ACH in Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla.
** Raven Hiroka, Pricesa Blanca and Princesa Sugeith: Las Zorras of CMLL.
** Mexican {{tag team}} Los Perros del Infierno, Perro Salvaje and Demonio Azteca out of Cuernavaca, Morelos.
** Wrestling/TheShield are collectively known as "The Hounds of Justice" and dogs feature prominently on their gear.
** "The Lone Wolf" Baron Corbin
* Snakes are a natural, at least when one remembers wrestling is supposed to be a grappling sport.
** African Wrestler(specifically, Democratic Republic Of Congo) Bob Elandon, also known as N'boa the snakeman in the 1950s.
** [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] was named such for his serpentine movements, [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent generally villainous nature]] and tendency to bring live snakes to the ring to frighten his opponent.
** EMLL has had a couple luchadoras with a {{Medusa}} gimmick, which naturally came with a snake motif as well.
** "Whatcha gonna do, brother, when Wrestling/HulkHogan wraps his 24 inch pythons around you?"
** Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}}'s Wrestling/HiroyoshiTenzan with his Anaconda Cross and Anaconda Vice, the latter of which would be made famous in the USA by [[Wrestling/CMPunk CM "I'm Still A Snake!" Punk]].(Tenzan is more associated with Bison and Buffalo in Japan though)
** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's nickname "The Rattlesnake" emphasized his untrustworthy temperament and habit of [[NinetiesAntiHero striking out at anyone, friend or foe, with little reason]].
** Sangre Azteca's gimmick is based on Coatlicue, which naturally brings a lot of snake imagery.
** Green clad Belgium born wrestler Lucky Sabiti, The Krypton Pyton (though he mainly wrestles in Canadian northern Championship wrestling).
** Wrestling/RandyOrton's later nickname "The Viper" refers both to the speed with which he can strike with his FinishingMove and his callous disregard for others.
** Wrestling/JackSwagger, [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Antonio Cesaro]] and Zeb Colter by way of the Gadsden flag as the Real Americans. "Don't tread on me."
** Wrestling/SantinoMarella's FinishingMove is called "The Cobra" and does it by placing a snake designed sock on his hand.
* Bears
** 1930s wrestler Chief Chewacki was nicknamed "Bearclaw"
** 1960s-70s territorial tag team specialist Chief Little Bear
** Wrestling/IvanKoloff was known as "The Russian Bear"
** Wrestling/{{Kamala}} had a bear motif before he started wrestling in face paint, and has actually wrestle bears!
** Zenjo tag team specialist Grizzly Iwamoto
** Wrestling/{{FMW}} mainstay Hideki Hosaka was known as "Darkside Panda"
** Stiff "Griz" Jackson of Wrestling/HarleyRace's World League Wrestling
** The Mexican wrestler Pandita, whose gimmick has been borrowed by many, including Flying Kid Ichihara in FMW.
** [[Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 Zero 1]] wrestler The Predator Sylvester Terkay is also known as "The Man Bear".
** Alex Shelley has been nicknamed "Baby Bear"
** Wrestling/TheBigShow's merchandise took up a bear motif midway through his career
* Fish
** The Legendary Masked Luchador Fishman and his son, Black Fish.
** Wrestling/JohnTenta as the Shark of the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom.
** Sharkboy from Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s Heartland Wrestling Association Farm league, originally known as El Piranha. He'd go on to inspire many successors, starting with [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Shark Girl]].
** Catfish for [[Wrestling/TakuyaSugi Namazu Man]]
** Tiger Shark in Real Japan Pro Wrestling
** Kimberly ([[FirstNameBasis Maddox]]) in World Xtreme Wrestling with her shark tattoos.
** Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} would come to be known as "The Great White" in Wrestling/{{WWE}}.
* Birds
** Indio Yaqui was sometimes known as "Chief Lone Eagle" and his wife Bonita wore many feathers, though she might have had them [[BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins for another reason]].
** Eagles for EMLL's El Nazi, [[GratuitousNazis obviously]]
** Michael "P.S." Hayes, Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy, and Buddy "Jack" Roberts, The Fabulous Freebirds.
** The Black Birds Brickhouse Brown and Iceman Parsons in WCCW, USWA and others in the 1980s. Los Black Birds (#s 1 and 2) of Luchu Libre Internacional(UWA), Jersey All Pro and IWRG later.
** Tag team partner of Wrestling/LionessAsuka(who can also go under cats) and later, Wrestling/AmazingKong, Eagle Sawai.
** When the MaskedLuchador Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr began his wrestling career he used the name "Colibri," which is Spanish for "hummingbird." It's fitting for someone so agile and small. Also, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huitzilopochtli Huitzilopochtli]] (aka [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot The Left-Handed Hummingbird Wizard]]) was the patron god of Tenochtitlan. Hijo De Rey Misterio has a bird themed mask too.
** The American Eagles Tony Anthony and Danny Davis
** Wrestling/{{Raven}}, quote it, nevermore
** Thunderbird of Los Dioses del Trueno in Wrestling/{{AAA}}
** The Fabulous Fire Bird [[Wrestling/BethPhoenix Phoenix]]
** [[Wrestling/TakuyaSugi El Blazer]], sort of [[ThePhoenix phoenix]], mostly [[TheStoner stoner]].
** The masked Scott seen in Three Count Wrestling(3CW), The Bird Of Prey Falcon
** Cherry Bomb favors bird themed ring gear
** Jack Evans and his Vulture Squad
** Allysin Kay with her {{peacock|Girl}} feathers. Slightly more appropriately, Dalton Castle.
** Infamously, Terry Taylor wrestled as the Red Rooster.
** Another infamous one is the Turkey called Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker
** Wrestling/{{Paige}} is [[RedBaron dubbed]] as "The Enchanting/Mysterious Raven-Haired Lady". While it mainly refers to [[RavenHairIvorySkin her features]], ravens became her de-facto motif among {{Fanon}}, and she herself has acknowledged it.
** After it's purchase and makeover by Anthem in 2017, [[Wresttling/{{TNA}} Impact Wrestling]] [[http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/791677-first-look-at-brand-new-impact-wrestling-logo-feat-new-anthem-sports-branding has adopted Owls as one]]. They've even held a contest to name the "Anthem Owl".
* Cows and bulls
** Emil "Bull" Firpo back in the 1930s, along with Bull Montana
** El Enmascarado Rojo in EMLL, later known as The Bull Miguel Torres
** South African Wrestler Johann "Bull" [[PunnyName Hefer]]
** Wrestling/DustyRhodes was known as "Bull Of The Woods"
** The Boss Of The World Wrestling/BullNakano
** Big Bad Bull Pain in USWA and W*ING
** Ed "The Bull" Gantner on [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance Championship Wrestling From Florida]]
** One of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] many, many nicknames is "The Brahma Bull."
** Former SHIN FMW and IWA Japan wrestler Keisuke Yamada turned Black Buffalo in Osaka Pro.
** Bull Buchanan in Right To Censor
** ARSION's cow Bullfight Sora, later joined by GAMI and Toshi Uematsu in Pro Wrestling WAVE
** Moohammed, the terrorist cow
** Bull Armor TAKUYA in Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam, Wrestling/DragonGate, Osaka Pro and others.
** Moscow The Communist Bovine of Wrestling/{{Chikara}}
** Wrestling/TitoSantana, who has a matador gimmick.
** The Los Matadores tag-team.
* Spiders
** Penny Mitchell, who briefly wrestled under a mask as The Spider Lady before her manager, Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah, stole it.
** Infamous WCW wrestler Arachnaman
** Mariko Yoshida, after phasing out her high flying in Arsion but keeping the exotic submission holds of lucha libre, as well as adopting catch as catch can tactics, took up a spider web motif to drive it home.
** Football player turned pro wrestler Nate Webb, for a different kind of "[[VisualPun catch]]".
** Tommy Saturday, otherwise known as The [=SpiderBaby=]
** Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron's FinishingMove in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} is called the Widow's Peak. Since she came to Wrestling/{{TNA}}, she has taken after Jake Roberts and started bringing a tarantula to the ring.
** The Red, Blue and Yellow Devil Spiders of Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE.
** Wrestling/AJLee has developed a black widow spider motif. Some of her shirts are even cut in such a way as to bring to mind a spider's web.
* Scorpions
** El 1970s [[TagTeam pareja]] enmascarada Los Escorpiones
** Another 70s team operating [[CanadaEh much further North]] than the former, Les Scorpiones Claude Johnson and Jerry Christy
** Riki Choshu, innovator of the Sasori-gatame(scorpion hold)
** Wrestling/{{Sting}} and his most infamous nemesis, The Black Scorpion [[spoiler: Wrestling/RicFlair]]
** Wrestling/TooColdScorpio(unless you know him as Flash Funk)
** Dedicated EMLL mid carder Alacrán de Durango
** Wrestling/MercedesMartinez usually has scorpions on her tights
** The Los Angeles based Scorpio Sky, especially when he still had his mask
** Rey Escorpión of Rush's Los Ingobernables, and his brother Black Scorpió
* Black Man of Los Tres Fantasticos had previously wrestled as Spider Man and La Gacela. The Spider Man gimmick in particular was [[LegacyCharacter taken up by many]] after he phased it out due to Fantasticos' runaway success, the Gacela gimmick had a much more dramatic end when the mask was taken by Super Dolphin in a wager match, and as such wasn't as widely adopted.
* Wrestling/BigVanVader used to be associated with bulls before he got his more famous gimmick associated with elephants.
* Wrestling/ChrisBenoit was known as the Rabid Wolverine, and had also wrestled as The Pegasus Kid.
* Back in TheNineties, Wrestling/TheUndertaker has bats and crows associated with him.
* [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Rhino/Rhyno]] is powerfully built and fights by charging at his opponents.
* Wrestling/BlackRose is associated with Scorpions and has a fondness for coqui.
* Caribbean (IWA Puerto Rico, Dominican Wrestling Entertainment, etc) wrestler La Morina has a recurring bunny theme in her ring gear.
* Ants for The Colony, as well as their adversaries, [[PsychoRangers The Swarm]] and [[EvilKnockoff Colony Extreme Force]].
* Sinn Bodhi has stuffed dog shin guards and teddy bear hip guards.
* He may not like it, but the goat has become Wrestling/DanielBryan's motif.
* Sheep for Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, especially Wrestling/ErickRowan, who wears a sheep mask.
* Solo Darling had feline allusions, then became a [[LegacyCharacter shark girl]], then a squirrel.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', oh so much.
** [[PropheticName Phoenix]] himself is reminiscent of the legendary bird, returning from the brink, surviving getting tased, [[spoiler: falling into a very cold river from a broken bridge]], and many more. Everyone who interacted with him had their lives changed drastically. In the original, he had a dragon instead (being named [[AProtagonistIsRyu Ryuichi]]) and this isn't brought up until [[spoiler: [[TigerVsDragon Furio Tigre]] appears who wears a shirt with a tiger chomping on a dragon]].
** Horses for Franziska. She's a haughty girl ([[DefrostingIceQueen at least, initially]]) and is frequently called 'a wild mare'. Her younger attire resembled riding gear.
** [[VideoGame/ApolloJustice The Kitaki family]] has foxes as their family emblem; their youngest heir even has his hair styled like one.
** Dahlia, TheIngenue girlfriend of Phoenix, resembles a butterfly in many ways (as they're constantly fluttering around her [[spoiler: which burn when she gets angry]]).
*** In LampshadeHanging of this fact, the later prosecutor Nayuta Sadmadhi is styled like one [[spoiler: to fool the player]].
** In Spirit of Justice, [[spoiler: Queen Garan]] has spiders as h[[spoiler:er]] main motif. When [[spoiler: she reveals herself, her hairstyle is too styled like one]]. H[[spoiler: er]] royal emblem is also a spider (but its legs folded up so it looks like a flower). This befits h[[spoiler:er]] cruel and manipulative nature.
* Many, many [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] games contain references to dolphins. The dolphin motif is a DevelopmentGag to the [=GameCube=]'s codename in development: the Dolphin, and its [=GPU=] is called "Flipper".
** Olimar's ship in ''{{Pikmin}}'' is called the ''Dolphin''.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' takes place on Isle Delfino, which itself is shaped like a dolphin. There are also a few fountains with dolphin figures spouting water.
* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} has a distinct butterfly motif, largely due to her patron demon.
* From the ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'' franchise:
** ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'' has Sander Cohen who has a rabbit motif such as him writing a "poem" called The Wild Bunny and has a party where the attendees must wear rabbit masks in order to join the party.
** In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'', BigBad Sofia Lamb's cult uses the Blue Morpho Butterfly to represent rebirth due to their belief in sacrificing the individual for the good of the group.
*** It has other meanings behind it as well. The Adam-producing slug is seen as Rapture's current state (the caterpillar), with the butterfly being the Utopia that Rapture is destined to become through Lamb's cult, The Rapture Family. Little Sisters even see butterfly flutter around "sleeping angels".
** ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' protagonist Booker Dewitt has a subtle horse motif due to his vigors being related to horses such as Bucking Bronco and Shock Jockey which are also featured in the Burial at Sea DLC. This horse theme connects Booker to his native American heritage, given more significance when concerning the battle of Wounded Knee and the massacre of the tribe.
*** Elizabeth has the motif of a bird ranging from the Songbird and the broach being a bird or a cage. She also called the ''Lamb of Columbia''
* Squall Leonhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has - as indicated by the name - a lion motif, one so omnipresent that he and Rinoa actually have an ingame conversation about it.
** In Squall's case, the lion symbolism is at odds with his apparent personality, and [[spoiler:serves as a signal that there's more to him than meets the eye. Although he's spent years cultivating an angsty loner persona, once he starts to confront his issues it becomes increasingly clear that he's actually a natural leader who cares deeply about his friends.]] Appropriately, one of the songs that plays during the final boss fight is titled "Maybe I'm a Lion."
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: Advent Children'', Cloud has a very strong wolf symbolism going on. Not only is there a wolf head in his shoulder pad but his motorbike is named ''Fenrir'' and he's being followed by a shaggy old wolf that mourns in the places he most strongly associates with personal failure. You have three guesses which kind of wolf this is painting him as. The wolf works well for Cloud as more than just 'lone wolf' symbolism. When fighting Bahamut Sin, Cloud gets up to Bahamut through the assistance of his friends, working together as a 'pack' to take down their prey. And Cloud's position of leadership arguably shows him as an 'alpha wolf'.
** Tifa is like a mama wolf in protecting the children in her care, otherwise she has literal dolphin theme in her ''Dolphin kick''.
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' continues Squall's lion motif, though as painted by the villains this time. They seem to make a habit of referring to at least a few of the protagonists as though they were animals, such as calling [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz]] a mouse, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]] a monkey.
*** Zidane being referred to as a monkey is hardly out of the ordinary, given that has a monkey tail and was implied to be an actual [[PettingZooPeople monkey-person]] for most of the game leading up to the big [[TheReveal reveal]].
** Gabranth in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' may as well be ''named'' "the Stray Dog".
* Lucina in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has a butterfly motif (symbolizes her in the opening animation, the shape of her mask, and shield as a Great Lord), though it is never formally acknowledged in any dialogue.
* Most of the Animal-themed Code names in ''Franchise/MetalGear'' match their owners in terms of personality, though some (like Mantis) are less obvious than others. Notable in that the Snake isn't automatically "evil".
** The Snakes we meet throughout the series are all sneaky natural predators, although in different ways. They are kind of a LegacyCharacter, so the 'Snake' is perhaps being used in its more mystical sense to represent death and rebirth, or the circle of infinity. The opening credits of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' likens DNA strands to snakes, which is appropriate considering the CloningBlues that affects all of the Snakes.
*** In ''Metal Gear Solid'', the 'Snake' codename is at odds with the Alaskan setting, a place so cold that there are no native snakes. This is observed by Raven a couple of times ("Snakes don't belong in Alaska", "you are a snake that is not from nature") and reinforces Snake's synthetic nature and how hostile the setting is to him.
*** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' takes place in the waters around Manhattan. As Snake points out, Manhattan means 'Island of snakes' in Algonquin. At one point in the game, the player is forced to shoot at the flag of the Sons of Liberty, which features a snake, based on the long history of using snakes to represent the Union in early revolutionary American politics (one variant of the "Don't Tread On Me" design closely resembles the flag used in the game). As Solidus is the former President of the United States, this suits.
** Sniper Wolf psychologically fixates on a specific "prey" target (and marks them) and is famous for working alone, never with a spotter, fitting the 'lone wolf' stereotype. In-universe, she was given her name because she is Kurdish.
** Psycho Mantis is terrified of sex, so uses the name of an animal which gets devoured by the female after mating. He's also ridiculously skinny and wears a mask that resembles insect eyes.
** Laughing Octopus came from a village with an octopus fishing trade, and was tortured into killing her own family, under the stress of which she began to imagine the blood was octopus ink. She wears a robotic suit with multiple arms that changes colour to blend in with the environment.
*** Solidus Snake also has octopus theme, with literal tentacles on his back and weaves Raiden into his clutches.
** The Boss is also associated with snakes. She mentions snakes multiple times in her speeches, one slides out of her body after her death, and she gives the player snakeskin camouflage as a reward for defeating her. It also turns out that she was responsible for 'tempting' EVA...
** The Fear is spider-themed, fighting with rope traps, and with spider venom as a weapon.
** The Pain is themed around hornets. He's vaguely bee-shaped, wears camouflage that resembles hornet stripes, carries a hornet in his backpack, and uses swarms of bees as a weapon.
** In addition to the Snake symbolism, Solid Snake has an association with dogs, suggesting his obedience and determination. He rides dog sleds as a hobby in the backstory to ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', and complains that the mission is happening just before he was due to run in the Iditarod. When he tries to explain to Naomi how he'll just fight to the death if he's ordered to do it, Naomi compares him to an animal. His fondness for dogs is something of a near-literal PetTheDog beat, especially since Otacon is fond of dogs and mentions that he thinks anyone who loves dogs must be a good person - however, Snake ''is'' willing to kill dogs, seeing himself as no better than them.
** Kojima stated that Snake and Raiden are like movie giants, {{Godzilla}} and ''Franchise/KingKong'' respectively. Raiden was lured to New York by a beautiful women and Snake was made by science like Godzilla.
* ''[[VideoGame Mario Tennis: Power Tour]]'' included a cat-and-mouse theme in one doubles partnership, with Paula (who was tiny, had a ponytail that could be seen from the front, with a huge, puffy bow over her head and rosy cheeks) and Whisker (taller, slicked-up cat-ear style hairdo and a prominent, muzzle-like nose). Why, exactly, is unclear, unless it was a parody, as they're the best of friends.
** To a certain extent, the three main human characters of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the series]] have been associated with one of the animal-themed power-ups recently. Mario with raccoons, and Peach with cats - Though all the heroes in SuperMario3DWorld appear with the Tanooki and Cat forms; Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach actually show up as DLC in MarioKart8. Luigi's associated with foxes, however, as his Tanooki form... Isn't actually a Tanooki form at all, it's called 'Kitsune Luigi', and his equivalent of Raccoon Mario is 'Fox Luigi'.
* Travis Touchdown, main character of ''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.
** Taken to a extreme levels in the sequel, where, in addition to everything before, Travis has the completely unexplained ability to turn into a tiger to maul and devour his opponents.
** Some of the bosses also have motifs to match, such as [[WorthyOpponent Ryuji]] and the [[TigerVersusDragon dragon]], and Alice as a scorpion. [[spoiler: Jasper as the bat, as well]].
* Mole Knight from ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' who, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOntheTin aside from his name]], wears armor equipped with digging claws. Oddly, he also has a secondary fire motif.
** Plague Knight wears the raven mask of a PlagueDoctor and also carries around a staff with a decorative raven head.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** Sagat ''[[CallingYourAttacks "Tiger Shot! Tiger Shot! Tiger Knee! Tiger...Uppercut!]] [[LimitBreak Tigeeer...DESTRUCTION!"]]''.
** Ryu is a Wolf in Omega Mode, fitting since he more or less a stray dog. He also fights [[WolfMan Jon Talbain]] in a cross over manga.
** Ken is a Eagle in Omega Mode, due to being American.
** Chun-Li is often depicted as having connections to birds, and this is referenced in several pieces of official art and alternate costumes. She is a phoenix in omega mode, as ''Fenghuang'' are phoenixs in Chinese folklore.
** Cammy is a fox in omega mode, though she more usually known as ''the killer bee'' for her stinging kick.
** Gulie is a military dog
** Zangief is a big Russian bear, and he knows all about bears, he wrestles grizzles into teddy bears.
** Bison is a panther.
** Adon also has a jaguar motif, but is a gecko in Omega Mode
** Juri Han is closely associated with spiders, and the game isn't at all subtle about it.
** Alex is referred to as a lion a few times in SFV.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** A strange case, but [[AntiHero Ragna]] is often compared to an "underdog". Hazama calls him an "adorable little puppy of a man", and Platinum compares him to a stray dog.
** [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Rachel Alucard]] has, aside from her more pronounced [[SomethingAboutARose rose motif]], a more subdued connection to rabbits. Her long twintails look like droopy rabbit ears, her hair ribbons look like perky rabbit ears, Ragna nicknames her "Rabbit" outright while Taokaka nicknames her "Bunny Person" and she's the wielder of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} Tsukuyomi Unit]], tying a connection to the MoonRabbit as well.
** [[BlobMonster Ara]][[EldritchAbomination kune]], whose body is filled with decay...[[TheWormThatWalks and insects]]. His emblem is a spider and everyone ''except'' the [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny announcer]] pronounces his name as "Arachnae" in the English dub.
** While it's not very overt, [[KnightInShiningArmor Hakumen]] apparently has a canine motif. His emblem is the ever-popular [[{{Kitsune}} nine-tailed fox spirit]], and his stage quote is "The wolf knows what the ill heart thinks."
** [[CardCarryingVillain Yuuki Terumi]] and his alter-ego, Hazama, make their snake motif really obvious. Hazama's drive, Ouroboros, shoots snakes; his emblem looks like a snake biting its own tail; his [[SuperMode Overdrive]] in [[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma Chrono Phantasma]] is called [[Myth/NorseMythology "Jormungand"]] and he loves to eat [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Hard-boiled eggs]], to the point that he swallows them whole. Terumi's emblem looks like a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caduceus caduceus staff]], he was responsible for [[spoiler: creating the Black Beast, which resembles the {{Orochi}}, a hydra-like demon]], and he openly defies a god-like entity like the snaky devil. Terumi and Hazama also wield a paired of curved balisong knives, which some martial arts circles refer to as the "Fang of the Snake". Quite a few characters even compare them to snakes.
** [[ChivalrousPervert Kagura Mutsuki]] of ''Chronophantasma'' uses the dragon as his motif. Big, black, scary dragons. He even calls out the names of various dragons, such as Nidhogg, Vritra, and Lindwyrm, when he attacks. [[DarkIsNotEvil Note that he's a good guy.]]
** The various beastkins of the 'verse also have their own respective animal motifs. Resident {{Cat Girl}}s [[FunPersonified Taokaka]] (along with the rest of the Kaka Clan) and [[CatsAreMean Kokonoe]] have their motifs pretty clear cut, and [[GenkiGirl Makoto Nanaya]] is a literal Squirrel Girl.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is quite fond of this, too
** Main character Sol Badguy has dragons and snakes, as several of his moves are named after types of either, and can power himself up with a move named Dragon Install. Later games take this a step further and give him a distinctly draconic appearance when it's activated.
** May is commonly associated with various sea creatures, the most prominant of which being a dolphin.
** The Valentines all have one, too, with the exception of Jack-O'. The original has an outfit clearly inspired by bats, Ramlethal acts in a distinctly feline manner in battle, and Elphelt is a rabbit thanks both to her outfit and her personality (she's lovesick and her profile states that she hates being lonely)
** Leo Whitefang, as his name immediately suggests, invokes the image of a lion; both in having razor sharp teeth, a flowing blond 'mane' with a matching beard, and a prideful attitude.
** Bedman has a hairstyle evoking a sheep, summons a monsterous phantom sheep to stun his opponents as one of his Overdrives (Super Moves), and his leitmotif is titled "Does the Sheep Count the Sheep?" See a pattern here?
** And there's Raven, who has... Take a wild guess.
* The high-ranking [[ShiniGami Reapers]] in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', each have an (animal) [[TheHeartless Noise form]] that vaguely shadows their personality.
** Higashizawa: Ovis Cantus, the Ram - brutal power head-on, but blindly following orders (what is a ram but a male sheep, after all?).
** Minamimoto: Leo Cantus, the Lion - vicious claws backed by an unending drive to rule.
** Konishi: Tigrus Cantus, the Tiger - a sadistic fiend who toys with her victions on the end of her claws.
** Kitaniji: Anguis Cantus, the Snake - hidden in plain sight, coiling around his victims who don't see until too late that they're caught. [[spoiler:After stealing Joshua's power, he becomes Draco Cantus, the Dragon, pure, desperate power.]]
** [[spoiler:Hanekoma: Panthera Cantus, the Panther - a quiet hunter, much stronger than he appears.]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' uses eagles for Desmond Miles' ancestors as well as their names (Altair is Arabic for "The Flying One" and Ezio is derived from ''aestos'', which is Greek for "eagle"). There's also the genetic "Eagle Vision" that allows Desmond and his ancestors to spot out their targets and better analyze their surroundings.
** One of the developer's logs available online also mentions that the signature hood and cloak were designed to create the silhouette of a bird of prey during dramatic leaps.
** There's also the shape of the robes and hood: the tip of the hood resembles an eagle's head, and the below the waist the robes separate to resemble feathers.
*** The final level of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' finally just says "to hell with subtlety" - Ezio goes ''parasailing'' behind a charging carriage, and dispatches mooks by dive-bombing them and slicing their necks with his twin blades.
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', the eagle motif is kept on in the hood and eagle vision but Connor also has a strong wolf motif, especially in the DLC.
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', the eagle as a whole remain, though Edward symbolically draws inspiration from the jackdaw, including naming his ship after the bird, in terms of his relationship to the Assassins for most of the game. Specifically, it's based on ''The Eagle and the Jackdaw'' from Aesop's fables.
* Some characters from ''Franchise/DotHack'' are associated with animals. For example, Atoli[[note]]"atori"/brambling[[/note]] from ''G.U.'', who also happens to love small birds.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastDoor'' makes use of two animal motifs in particular:
** Crows/ravens: They're used repeatedly and most commonly. They're the apparent minions of the Bird/King of Birds/Eye of the Bird and represent it. They (or their cawing) appear to indicate that there's evil/supernatural shenanigans afoot (see CreepyCrows).
** White rabbit(s): Though invoked as the classic entry-to-weird-world symbol from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', they're also a symbol for the protagonist (and possibly his friends) as prey pursued by a predator. Though, this being TheLastDoor with its episodic nature and sheer amounts of MindScrew, there are likely other meanings yet to explored and revealed.
* Many ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters are [[CuteMonsterGirl animal youkai]] of various sorts, and dress in ways that evoke their original species, in addition to having [[RubberForeheadAliens odd features]] or UnusualEars. Less animalistic youkai and humans sometimes have motifs, too, either evident in canon or bestowed by the fandom.
** [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Fujiwara no Mokou]] is associated with the phoenix because of her immortality and her fire powers.
** [[PhysicalGod Goddess]] Suwako Moriya has an association with frogs (she's not even a god of frogs; she just happens to like them a lot). After defeating Suwako and taking over her shrine and worshippers, Kanako Yasaka adopted snakes as her symbol (which is a bit ironic since the snake god tied to their shrine answers only to Suwako). Their shared shrine maiden Sanae Kochiya has a frog hairclip and a white snake in her hair.
** [[CuteGhostGirl Yuyuko Saigyouji]] is strongly associated with the ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth.
** [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Junko]] has a fox motif, with the second kanji in her name meaning "fox" and having seven fox-like "tails" of energy behind her.
** And in the PC-98 exclusive ''Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream'', [[CuteGhostGirl Kana Anaberal]] has an association with birds, evident in her spellcard Soul Bird... and lampshaded by [[CloudCuckooLander Kotohime]], who asks in her victory quote if Kana is a birdkeeper.
* Most of the AI lords in ''{{Stronghold}}'' have animal nicknames with personalities to match.
* The noble chicken is a recurring motif in ''VideoGame/FableIII'', representing a spirit that is unfortunately frequently taken advantaged of, yet yearns for freedom.
* Many of the chapters in the ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' involve animal motifs, such as 'The Bird of Happiness' and 'The Goat Sisters'. Even ones that don't often have an animal associated with them; 'Rag Princess' has pigs, for example. All these animals manifest as pseudo-humanoid enemies during the game, and seem to be inspired by animals kept in the orphanage.
* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin/Dark Conflict'' has the 12th Independent Legion, which uses a wolf as their symbol. In the US version their unit is nicknamed "Brenner's Wolves" after their leader, and Brenner's {{leitmotif}} in the EU version (where he is called O'Brian) is named "Indomitable Wolf". Like a wolf pack, the Legion is very loyal to one another and work much like TheDrifter, wandering from place to place as they're needed.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** Philemon is ''really'' big on ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth, to the point WordOfGod says he's ''all'' the butterflies seen in the [[VideoGame/Persona3 third]] and [[VideoGame/Persona4 fourth]] games. The butterfly motifs continues in ''VideoGame/Persona5'', though they're revealed at the end to be [[spoiler:representing Velvet Room attendant Lavenza instead of Philemon this time around]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': The Protagonist, Goro, Ann, and Yusuke have blackbird, robin, panther, and fox Persona masks. Furthermore, Ann, Yusuke and Goro have the heist codenames Panther, Fox, and Crow, respectively.
* Deliberately invoked by the faculty of [[WizardingSchool Iris Academy]] in ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary''. All students are sorted into one of six houses based on their gender and personality traits. Horses, Butterflies and Snakes for girls. Wolves, Falcons and Toads for boys.
* In ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', Porky Minch takes his unfortunate name and FatBastard status and has the audacity to turn ''it'' into an animal motif, theming his entire empire and the Pigmask Army after pigs.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Ganondorf has always had a pig/boar motif. He transforms into a boar-like creature called "Ganon" at some point in a lot of the games he appears in.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', people who enter the Dark Realm without the Moon Pearl transform into something reflecting their soul. When first entering, Link is transformed into a pink bunny to reflect his innocence.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Link transforms into a wolf when in the Twilight Realm. Throughout the game there are references to Link in his human form having "the eyes of a beast".
** The Kingdom of Hyrule in general is associated with birds, especially in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' where the Goddess [[GodOfGood Hylia]], the namesake of Hyrule, came to the mortal world on a Loftwing (huge bird) which the people of [[FloatingContinent Skyloft]] (the proto-Hyrule) get around on. Hence the birdlike Royal Crest in chronologically subsequent games. On a more subtle level, the older and more important characters in Skyloft wear robes closely modeled on those worn by the [[BirdPeople Rito]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''.
** Unsurprisingly, being both [[FarmersDaughter country girls]], Malon of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and later Ilia of ''Twilight Princess'' are connected to horses: beautiful, loyal and caring. Both ladies are also associated with Link's horse [[CoolHorse Epona]], giving Link greater inclination to treat Epona well at their resquests.
** The major [[FishPeople Zora]] characters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are modeled after specific aquatic animals that emphasize their personalities. Prince Sidon is a WarriorPrince who resembles a hammerhead shark, Princess Mipha is a WhiteMagicianGirl who resembles a nurse shark, and their father King Dorephan is TheGoodKing who resembles a whale.
* The Four Great Knights of Gwyn in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' each have their own unique animal theme; the lion for Dragonslayer Ornstein, the hawk for Hawkeye Gough, the wolf for Artorias the Abysswalker and the hornet for Ciaran The Lord's Blade. Ornstein in particular wears some really pimped out golden lion armor.
* Yuri Lowell from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has a wolf motif, with his name meaning "little wolf", many of his artes having "wolf" in their names, and some of his artes like Lone Wolf Charge projecting a [[AnimalBattleAura wolf-shaped battle aura]].
** To a lesser degree, Tison has a snake motif, having some artes that are named after snakes, projecting snake-shaped battle auras, and also looking somewhat snake-like with his fangs and golden eyes.
* VideoGame/{{Weaponlord}} has two examples: Zarak with the spider, down to the fact that his armor is a ''literal spider''. He has a move or two involving webbing and one where he throws a spider at people.
** Talazia is a much better example, being themed with the raven. Her playstyle is incredibly aerial-based and she has plenty of anti-air moves to stop people from taking her place. [[spoiler: This theming is so ingrained because she actually was a raven before [[HumanityEnsues she was cursed by a magic spell seven years ago]].]]
* [[TheHero Pit]] from ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' is [[WingsDoNothing an angel who can't fly]] so some characters in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' refer to him as a chicken whenever they mock him.
* ''{{VideoGame/Tekken}}'' has Jun Kazama turn into a death maiden, and she adopts a EvilCostumeSwitch of CreepyCrows.
* ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' has a heavy sheep motif: sleep/"counting sheep", herd mentality, "lost lambs", ect.
* In an Earth Route Scenario in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', Aya Kobayashi has a cat motif while Ryusei has a mouse motif. Aya figures that if she's a cat, she should at least be a Persian.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series traditionally has the [[TheEmpire Cyrodiilic Empire]] represented by a dragon; this emblem dates back to St. Alessia, [[FounderOfTheKingdom who founded the first empire]] with the aid of a pact with Akatosh, the dragon-god of time. Their rivals, [[OurElvesAreBetter the Altmer]] (High Elves), particularly when leading the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]], are represented by an eagle based on Auri-El, the golden eagle god on whom Akatosh was originally based.
** The now-extinct Ayleids (Wild Elves) had significant bird motifs. Many of their writings (and writings about them) are heavy with bird metaphors. They were said to have adorned themselves with feathers. Their armor was designed with feather patterns and their helmets with "beaks." A great example is the [[http://images.uesp.net//thumb/2/2c/ON-npc-King_Laloriaran_Dynar.jpg/600px-ON-npc-King_Laloriaran_Dynar.jpg armor of Laloriaran Dynar]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline''.
** The Maormer (Sea Elves) native to the continent of Pyandonea, far to the south of Tamriel, have a number of serpent motifs, especially vipers. Their seaborne raiders, infamous for their raids on the southern coasts of Tamriel in the 1st and 2nd Eras, were specifically called the "Sea Vipers." It is said that they practice a powerful form of "snake magic," which allows them [[TheBeastmaster to control and ride sea serpents]].
** Tsun, the old Nordic god of "trials over adversity" and [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] of [[TopGod Shor]], is associated with whales and is typically represented in Nordic barrows by a whale totem. According to some theories, the Whalebone Bridge in [[WarriorHeaven Sovngarde]] may even be the remains of his physical manifestation.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has [[TheClan Great House Dagoth]] represented by a beetle. This was the case even before they were dissolved in the backstory for the perceived treachery of their leader, [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]], and they retain it after reforming as the basis of a ReligionOfEvil.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has the Cyrodiil ThievesGuild branch associated with a [[CunningLikeAFox fox motif]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has various factions with an associated animal:
*** The [[HornyVikings Stormcloaks]] have the [[BearsAreBadNews bear]].
*** The Skyrim branch of the ThievesGuild have a minor rat motif to symbolize that the guild has fallen on hard times.
*** The Companions heavily associate themselves with wolves. [[spoiler: Many of them are secretly werewolves.]]
*** The ancient order of the Greybeards have a dragon motif on the doors of their monastery at High Hrothgar. [[spoiler:Their secret leader, Paarthurnax, ''is'' a dragon.]]
*** Several of the holds within Skyrim have animal motifs on their heraldry - horses for Whiterun, bears for Eastmarch, rams for Markarth, stags for Falkreath, and wolves for Haafingar.
*** The Thalmor, a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi-esque]] StateSec of the above-mentioned Aldmeri Dominion, have a more stylized eagle motif. The Eagle is aloof, proud, and looks down upon the world, much the way the Thalmor do to [[FantasticRacism all other nations]].
* Scout from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is compared to a rabbit or a bunny by some other classes due to his [[FragileSpeedster speed]] and buckteeth.
--> '''Demoman:''' Yer like a little bunny... scurryin' around, eatin' up yer lettuce and berries!
--> '''Engineer:''' Just a dead little jackrabbit.
--> '''Spy:''' Ooh, you were quick as a little bunny, weren't you?
** Conversely, [[HuskyRusskie The Heavy]] is compared to a bear (Russia's national animal), given that he has made a melee weapon out of bear claws, can wear a skinned bear head, eats raw steak, and has several beard styles of increasingly preposterous proportions. His first item set was called the Hibernating Bear set. The comics shows us that he even hunts and eats bear. Heck, even his name, Mikhael, is often shortened to "Misha" by his family, which means "bear" in Russian!
--> '''Scout:''' He's like a bear! He's like a big, shaved bear that hates people!
** Spy is often compared to a snake due to the sudden, surprising nature of his attacks and his ability to remain hidden until it's too late...as well as his generally unpleasant nature that means that people distrust him. He also draws out his 's' sounds in SssssnakeTalk fashion. He also uses Your Eternal Reward, a dagger very similar to the one used by Jafar (mentioned above), and his Nanobalaclava item gives him a slightly serpentine appearance. He has access to the Deep Cover Operator item, which makes him resemble Solid Snake. Finally, his animal companion cosmetic item is the Backstabber's Boomslang, which hangs out on his arm.
--> '''Demoman:''' Yer a back-pokin' snake and by God you'll ''die like one!''
--> '''Engineer:''' Dominated, you snake!
--> '''Sniper:''' Backstab ''that'', ya snake!
** Others include Soldier (bald eagles for his American patriotism, raccoons because he's homeless), Demoman (a parrot, because Demo wears an eyepatch, thus resembling a pirate), Sniper (owls for his sharp eyesight, crocodiles because he's an AwesomeAussie), and Medic (a dove with bloody feathers, because he's both a healer and a MadScientist).
* ''VideoGame/JoeDeversLoneWolf'': Lone Wolf has a literal one, in the form of a recurring Alpha wolf. He mentions the link himself - like the wolf, Lone Wolf is beholden to protect his subjects.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' has two character's associated with animals such as Buck who has a Deer motif due to his name being Bambi and his nickname being Buck, belt buckle depicting a wandering Deer and his tattoo being a Deer while Jason Brody can be associated with three animals which are the Heron, the Shark and finally the Spider. The animals are related to the skill trees with Shark being related to better durability and combat while allowing the player to heal faster, the Heron being related to faster movement and allowing more takedowns and the Spider being related to stealth and surviving the environments.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' has a continuing Tiger vs. Elephant motif, the former representing aggression, ruthlessness and offence while the latter represents wisdom, resilience and defence. Within the context of the game's skill tree, the Tiger has all your skills related to using stealth takedowns and shooting, while the Elephant gives you your crafting and healing skills. From within the context of the game's narrative and moral choices, the two animals represent the two leaders of the Golden Path and their approaches: one is willing to throw all traditional morality aside if it means getting an edge (Tiger) and the other sticks to what it knows, even if it means getting in the way of progress (Elephant).
* Each faction in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' has an animal. The vaguely medieval French/English kingdom of Swadia has the lion, the Italian city states-inspired Rhodok Republic has the bear, the Russian/Eastern European Vaegirs have the snow leopard, the very Mongolian Khergit Khanate has the wolf, the Viking-esque Nords use the raven, and the Arabic inspired Sarranid Sultanate has the falcon.
* VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} has plenty of characters with animal motifs in their normal and alternate skins.
** Windowmaker is spiders obviously, her graceful strings, eight eyed visor and cold cruelty.
** Hanzo's are dragons in his normal outfit and wolves in another.
** Junkrat being rats, obviously.
** Roadhog goes for pigs, even having a bold pig tattoo on his belly. He also has sharks in another set due to his name, Mako.
** Lucio has frogs.
** D.Va's are rabbits with her MEKA looking like one.
** Reaper's is ravens, with a pair of skins themed towards them.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', Kloe has a pet falcon who fights alongside her. Like the bird, she's an elegant creature whose fighting style relies on speed and accuracy. Additionally, the fact that falconry [[spoiler:was mostly practiced by wealthy aristocrats]] foreshadows her true identity [[spoiler:as Liberl's princess]].
* ''VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji'' has every boss, (except the final boss) using an animal as enemies and using them in a boss fight.
** J.B - Frogs
** Tengu - Beatles
** Camellia - Dogs
** Takohatchi - Octopuses
** Jack - Turtles
** Kama - Birds
** Orochi - Snakes
* ''VideoGame/PaleBlue'': Cocoon uses butterflies as symbolism for their goals, viewing humanity as the ugly larvae and that they will turn into beautiful butterflies. The same goes for Cocoon's leader, who is named after the Monarch Butterfly.
* ''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.
* In ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'', Yumi's ultimate attack involves her summoning a giant spider. Unsurprisingly, she is an aloof and slightly scary character constantly seeking to diversify her skills and become a better warrior.
* All the colossi in ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' represent an animal, what animal they represent however is debatable.
* The four main attributes in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' are symbolized with pictures of animals: an owl for "Watchful" (wisdom), a cat for "Shadowy" (stealth), a bear for "Dangerous" (strength), and a fox for "Persuasive" (charisma).
* Several installments of the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' feature assorted animal motifs, depending on the stories and characters presented. For example, the second game, ''The Exiled Prince'', has a recurring frog motif throughout the adventure - the title character is Literature/TheFrogPrince.
* [[BigBad Sigma]] from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series has a wolf motif going on. In [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 the first game]] he has a pet robot wolf named Velguarder and his OneWingedAngel form is a large robot wolf. His [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/megaman/images/2/2e/Xsigma.png logo/symbol]] is the Greek letter Sigma (Σ) designed as a wolf, and this sticks in all the sequels even when he lacks wolf-based machinery.
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* Toyotomi Hideyoshi's nickname was "Monkey" (Saru), allegedly given by Oda Nobunaga because of his facial resemblance to a monkey. This recognition directly contributed to the popular image of Toyotomi Hideyoshi being a monkey-styled person, both in appearance and mode of behaviour.
* Most countries have an animal they use as a symbol for the nation as a whole:
** The United States has the bald eagle. Each state tends to have its own state animal or, usually, several state animals, since state legislators' idea of fun is picking official state this and official state that.[[note]]This does get kind of ridiculous; one state (Oklahoma) has a state ''meal'', in five courses with a generous helping of side dishes. On the other hand, sometimes these fairly harmless bills become school projects to show school children how a bill becomes a law... and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nObupsG0Lf4 legislators sorely disappoint]].[[/note]] Every state has a state bird and at least one state mammal. A few highlights:
*** California famously has a big ol' bear on its flag, and unsurprisingly its official animal (well, official land mammal) is that bear. The bear is a California grizzly, an extinct subspecies. Since the California grizzly had a distinct golden cast to its fur, this is why the UC Berkeley athletic teams are called the Golden Bears.
*** Wisconsin has long been called the "Badger State," and it came as no surprise that the badger was officially chosen as a symbol of Wisconsin in 1957. The University of Wisconsin Badgers had had that nickname long before then.
*** Peculiarly, Michigan's two state animals are the American Robin (state bird) and White-tailed Deer (state mammal). However, it has long been known as the "Wolverine State." This is in large part because (1) "Wolverine" was an AppropriatedAppellation, as during the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo_War Toledo War]]" the Ohioans called the Michiganders "Wolverines" for their scrappy ferocity, and (2) the wolverine doesn't really live in Michigan: the state is near the southern limit of the boreal animal's range.
*** Kentucky's state horse is the Thoroughbred, which is no surprise; Kentucky is the home of American horse breeding, to the point that there are special prizes for horses ''not'' from Kentucky.
** Russia has [[BearsAreBadNews the bear]].
** The United Kingdom:
*** The UK has either the scrappy but lovable bulldog or the more "official" regal lion. Sometimes the lion is associated with [[UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK the UK while the bulldog is associated specifically with England]], or the other way 'round, or the lion is associated with the monarchy and the bulldog with the people.
*** In a recent poll, people have desired to change the UK's national animal to a hedgehog.
*** England also identifies strongly with the robin, as British robins were never hunted for food and consequently became the friendliest robins in the world. To this day, harming a robin is as repulsive to most Brits as a grievous felony, given their strong symbolism as representing the gentle English countryside. It just isn't done.
*** Scotland's national animal is more or less undisputed; it's the unicorn. The phrase "the Lion and the Unicorn" is a symbol of the union of England and Scotland, and also of the British monarchy.
*** Wales, not to be outdone in the fantastic-creature department, has the red dragon. This is a reference to Arthurian legend (Myth/KingArthur being a hero of ancient Wales) in which Merlin made a prophecy about a red dragon and a white dragon.
*** Middlesbrough has an official animal which is the lion as it was on the coat of arms, the lion was made more popular due to the Middlesbrough Football Club and since then the lion is seen in most areas and companies as a form of sponsorship but in some cases the lion has been adopted as a logo for other companies as well. Middlesbrough and parts of Redcar have a secondary animal which is horses (because of their use in mining operations in the past) which is mainly shown by the various pub names. In parts of Middlesbrough there are some horse themed decorations in their respective towns, The horses in particular are draught horses and race horses. To put it in simple terms, the horses symbolised Middlesbrough's hard-working history with forging and mining while the lion symbolises sportsmanship and leadership.
** India has the tiger, primarily, but the national emblem features a lion (it's the "Lion Capital" of Asoka at Sarnath) and elephants (which appear on the frieze along the base of the "Lion Capital") are a common secondary symbol.
** Thailand has the elephant, and specifically the white elephant, which is considered holy in Thai culture.
** Modern Israel's national symbol is the Lion of Judah. Historically, or at least Biblically, each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel had its own animal symbol, but due to the loss of the Ten Tribes[[note]]Reuben, Simeon, Naftali, Issachar, Asher, Dan, Zebulun, Gad, Ephraim, and Menasheh[[/note]], most modern Jews descend from the tribe of Judah. Hence the term "Judah-ism", or Judaism. Also, the hoopoe is modern Israel's national bird, as despite being called "detestable" and not kosher in the Bible, it is a very common bird in Israel.[[note]]Oddly, though, a religion with a ''positive'' view of the hoopoe is Islam, which holds that the hoopoe had saved the Hebrews from a disaster after crossing the Red Sea, and that the bird had served as a sort of intelligence collector for King Solomon, and had delivered the news that the Queen of Sheba was planning a visit.[[/note]]
** Italy inherited the wolf from Ancient Rome (Italy would actually have both wolf and eagle, but the heavy use of eagle symbolism by Fascism caused most Italian to 'forget' the eagle).
*** As said above, AncientRome had the wolf and the eagle. The eagle came from Jupiter, as Jupiter was their chief god and the eagle was his sacred animal. As for the wolf... It was a warning: [[SavageWolves they knew just how ferocious the beast is, and saw themselves as just as bad when at war]]. Which may be fitting with Italians usually remembering only the wolf as their animal, [[CombatPragmatist what with them inventing aereal bombing when it was considered a war crime and their army still having flamethrowers in its arsenal]]...
** China has its whiskered dragon. The panda is an alternative symbol when one wishes to portray China as friendly or harmless.
** Canada has the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HmgemMkfKA mighty beaver]]. A few other animals occasionally feature (moose, caribou, Canada geese, and bears--both polar and grizzly--being the most common other choices), but the beaver is most prominent.
** Germany has had the eagle (''Adler'') in some form or other for centuries. Within Germany, Berlin is associated with bears on account of a pun (''Bär'', which is German for "bear", sounds like the "Ber" in "Berlin"), and as Hanover historically used the symbol of a white horse, modern Lower Saxony does the same.
** Spain has the black bull. This is a rather recent development, from a set of countryside ads for sherry (!) - there's more information on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_bull the other wiki]].
** France is unofficially associated with the Gallic rooster.
** Empires with great reach or which were viewed as secular and religious authorities often adopt the double-headed eagle: the Byzantine Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the old Russian Empire, the [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Imperium of Man]], etc.
** Australia's Coat of Arms features a Kangaroo and an Emu, two fearsome, Australia-only animals that can't walk/jump/run backwards. Seriously. That's why they picked them.
*** A lot of the original generation that were from England wanted to choose a more fearsome creature like the lion, but the majority won out with the Kangaroo and Emu because it symbolized a nation that will move forward and never backwards. Also, these animals are [[KillerRabbit more dangerous than they look]].
*** These two animals are popular barbecue options that can be purchased at supermarkets & butcher shops. Yes, friends. Australia may be the only country in the world that regularly devours BOTH its national symbols. [[note]]Of course, they do still eat chicken in France, but the rooster is only an unofficial symbol. Others that are willing (even if it's not frequently on the menu) include every country that has a variety of deer as a symbolic animal (including Norway), Spain (who uses the bull), and several countries that have the camel as their symbol (at least among those for whom it isn't a taboo to eat them)[[/note]]
** New Zealand has a wealth of distinctive native fauna that could be used to represent it (and sheep...), but by far the most popular (and most official) is the kiwi. It is popular enough that most New Zealanders will refer to themselves as Kiwis when talking about their nationality, and a term known as "Kiwiana" has appeared and refers to anything that New Zealand culturally associates with itself.
*** On an ironic note, the FLIGHTLESS kiwi is also the official symbol of their air force.
** {{Chile}} has two animals, the mighty Andean Condor (The largest flying bird) and the graceful Huemul (A type of deer).
** UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica had the springbok (a kind of antelope or gazelle that jumped a lot); this was to some degree associated with UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra and the use of the springbok to represent South Africa can be kind of contentious (although hardly anybody finds any fault in continuing to call the national rugby union team[[note]]Yes, the one from ''Film/{{Invictus}}''[[/note]] the Springboks unofficially).
** The Netherlands have the lion. At any given international sports event, take a look and see how many of them have some sort of lion motif or decal on their clothing. [[https://67.media.tumblr.com/41ffa4d2202eea71cec99abcdd5819e4/tumblr_odr1l8LFOz1rsv17oo1_540.jpg Like so.]]
* The city of UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}, Maryland is generally associated with [[RavensAndCrows the raven]], on account of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's relationship with the city. Oddly, although there is a species of bird called a Baltimore oriole, that's actually named after Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore (the man after whom the city is named, as its yellow-and-black coloration matched that of his coat of arms) and is considered more of a symbol of the state of Maryland (which Lord Baltimore founded and in which Baltimore City sits) as a whole than of the city specifically. (Incidentally, Baltimore's two major-league professional sports teams are named after these birds--the Baltimore Orioles of Major League UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}, and the Baltimore Ravens of the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague.)
* The four Asian Tigers (sometimes Dragons) (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore) that saw very rapid economic growth from the 1970's through 1990's. Now followed by the Little Tigers who rose starting in the 90's (more varied, but usually includes Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines).
* The late great Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy was ubiquitously dubbed the "Liberal Lion" of the Senate.
* Vladimir Putin's recent news coverage has increasingly linked him with tigers. First he saved a camera crew from an angry tiger and then there was some talk about him getting one as a pet or something. RightHandCat indeed.
* Continental officer Francis Marion was known as the "Swamp Fox" in the American Revolution because he could disappear into the South Carolina swamps like an elusive fox.
* Similarly there was Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox" of Germany in UsefulNotes/WW2.
* One of UsefulNotes/{{Adolf Hitler}}'s nicknames was the darkly appropriate "Wulf".
* Some {{Goth}}s have the raven motif.
* Diogenes of Sinope frequently praised dogs and compared himself to them; his most famous statue shows him beside one in recognition of his close association with them. The school of thought he founded, [[TheCynic Cynicism]], is actually named for its association with dogs.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_real The Brazilian real]] has a local animal in every banknote: a hummingbird in the now-discontinued R$1, [[TurtlePower turtle]] in R$2, heron in $5, macaw in R$10, [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys tamarin]] in R$20, [[PantheraAwesome jaguar]] in R$50, and [[TheCatfish grouper]] in R$100.
* The SevenDeadlySins have various animals representing them:
** {{Envy}} is associated with dogs.
** [[VillainousGlutton Gluttony]] is associated with pigs. Due to its close association with the demon Beelzebub, Gluttony is also occasionally associated with flying insects, due to Beelzebub being known as "lord of the flies".
** {{Greed}} is associated with frogs.
** {{Lust}} is associated with cows, bulls, goats and roosters (feel free to make the appropriate jokes about that one).
** {{Pride}} is associated with horses and peacocks.
** {{Sloth}} is associated with goats and donkeys. Ironically, it is ''not'' often associated with ''actual'' sloths (which fit the sin perfectly), as they're native to South America and Europeans didn't encounter them until long after the symbolism was well established (the animal was actually ''named'' for the sin ''because'' they fit so perfectly).
** {{Wrath}} is associated with bulls and bears.
* The Native Americans believe that everyone has a spirit animal to guide them through life.
* The Maasai of central-to-southeastern Africa seem to be rather attached to lion imagery, down to their traditional hairstyles (dreadlocked mane for men, and shaved down for women).
* The city of Charlotte, North Carolina seems to have a fondness for feline motifs, using cats to represent some of its most visible public institutions. The city's two most well-known athletic teams are the Carolina Panthers of the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague and the Charlotte Bobcats (now called the Charlotte Hornets) of the UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation, and its two most well-known public transportation systems are a bus system called "CATS" ([[FunWithAcronyms Charlotte Area Transit System]]) and a light-rail system called "LYNX".
* The 2016 US Presidential Election notably saw two animal symbols catching on with several supporters of two of its top contenders; many supporters of Bernie Sanders adopted the bird as their personal symbol, while many supporters of Donald Trump used the lion. The bird caught on after a robin perched on Sanders' podium while he was giving a speech, prompting an enthusiastic response from the crowd, and (eventually) [[AscendedMeme the Sanders campaign selling official merchandise with the "Birdie Sanders" symbol]]. The lion caught on after Trump attracted attention for tweeting UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini's quote ''"It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep"'', and it eventually inspired the formation of an unoffical pro-Trump paramilitary group that called itself [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Guard "The Lion Guard"]].
* Animal rights groups (such as PETA) use rabbits/hares as a logo for their products, presumably because of their perceived status as harmless and innocent. When displaying their message of fighting animals, an image of boxing hares is used.
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18th Aug '17 8:45:26 PM legendaryweredragon
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''** Sugilite, the fusion of Amethyst and Garnet, produces a dragon-shaped aura when she is formed, while Sardonix, the fusion of Pearl and Garnet, produces an aura that takes the form of a swarm of dragonflies.
16th Aug '17 3:11:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': Raul Silva compares himself and Bond being betrayed by the MI6 and targeting each other; to rats who forced into a barrel, resorted to cannibalism, and even when released still choose to eat nothing but there own kind. Bond notes on this after he knifes Sliva [[ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind in the back]].

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** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': Raul Silva compares himself and Bond being betrayed by the MI6 and targeting each other; to rats who forced into a barrel, resorted to cannibalism, and even when released still choose to eat nothing but there their own kind. Bond notes on this after he knifes Sliva [[ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind in the back]].
15th Aug '17 9:36:49 PM Monolaf317
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNSTNAbCzOg This bizarre music video]] depicts [[AllPeriodsArePMS various symptoms of PMS]] as women turning into animals; a prickly hedgehog, a starving black bear, an emotional elephant, and a solitary lioness.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNSTNAbCzOg com/watch?v=sq-j03_Tr4M This bizarre music video]] depicts [[AllPeriodsArePMS various symptoms of PMS]] as women turning into animals; a prickly hedgehog, a starving black bear, an emotional elephant, and a solitary lioness.
15th Aug '17 12:43:25 PM RedBerryBlueCherry
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