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14th Apr '18 3:07:59 PM FlashRebel
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* Buwaro in Webcomic/SlightlyDamned is nice and friendly to anyone not obviously hostile to him, is [[UndyingLoyalty incredibly loyal to his friends]], [[CuddleBug likes hugs]], has a bad habit of trying to eat nearly everything he discovers for the first time, even rocks and crystals, and is [[TheDitz a simpleton]] in general. Add his muzzle and pointy teeth, and [[spoiler: his tongue constantly sticking out of his mouth in flashbacks of the time he was a baby]], and you would swear he is a dog just by this description.

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* Buwaro in Webcomic/SlightlyDamned ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' is nice and friendly to anyone not obviously hostile to him, is [[UndyingLoyalty incredibly loyal to his friends]], [[CuddleBug likes hugs]], has a bad habit of trying to eat nearly everything he discovers for the first time, even rocks and crystals, and is [[TheDitz a simpleton]] in general. Add his muzzle and pointy teeth, and [[spoiler: his tongue constantly sticking out of his mouth in flashbacks of the time he was a baby]], and you would swear he is a dog just by this description.
14th Apr '18 2:38:02 PM FlashRebel
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* Buwaro in Webcomic/SlightlyDamned is nice and friendly to anyone not obviously hostile to him, is [[UndyingLoyalty incredibly loyal to his friends]], [[CuddleBug likes hugs]], has a bad habit of trying to eat nearly everything he discovers for the first time, even rocks and crystals, and is [[TheDitz a simpleton]] in general. Add his muzzle and pointy teeth, and [[spoiler: his tongue constantly sticking out of his mouth in flashbacks of the time he was a baby]], and you would swear he is a dog just by this description.
12th Apr '18 3:05:58 PM CJCroen1393
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** Calliope and Caliborn, the Cherubs, have a slight snake motif--their appearances are quite reptilian, complete with fangs and forked tongues, and their species reproduces by transforming into massive, crocodile-headed serpents.
9th Apr '18 6:46:55 PM Malady
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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 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.

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** Many SpiderMan Franchise/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 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.
20th Mar '18 6:00:21 PM eowynjedi
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* Crows appear frequently in ''WesternAnimation/LovingVincent'' as Armand's mission shifts from finding a recipient for Van Gogh's undelivered letter to working out how and why he died. The painting [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheatfield_with_Crows Wheatfield with Crows]] forms the basis for several scenes.
20th Mar '18 7:52:55 AM Nepeta
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* Several of the trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' have animal motifs, associated with their lusus and their [[WesternZodiac Zodiac sign]]. Karkat - crabs, Nepeta - cats, Terezi - dragons, etc. Vriska's spider motif is the most obvious though, working its way into her typing quirk. John seems to be picking up on it. The kids (with the exception of John) each have one as well, relating to what their sprites were prototyped with: [[TheStoic Dave]]'s crows are the most obvious, constantly flocking around his house, in addition to his hair vaguely resembling the profile of a crow as well; then there are [[DeadpanSnarker Rose]]'s cats (in addition to her [[NightmareFetishist affinity]] for [[EldritchAbomination all things tentacled]]), and Jade's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot radioactive god dog]]. Among the alpha kids, there's Roxy's cats, Dirk's seagulls, and Jake's "frightening fauna".

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* Several of the trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' have animal motifs, associated with their lusus and their [[WesternZodiac Zodiac sign]]. Karkat - crabs, Nepeta - cats, Terezi - dragons, etc. Vriska's spider motif is the most obvious though, working its way into her typing quirk. [[GotMeDoingIt John seems to be picking up on it.it]]. The kids (with the exception of John) each have one as well, relating to what their sprites were prototyped with: [[TheStoic Dave]]'s crows are the most obvious, constantly flocking around his house, in addition to his hair vaguely resembling the profile of a crow as well; then there are [[DeadpanSnarker Rose]]'s cats (in addition to her [[NightmareFetishist affinity]] for [[EldritchAbomination all things tentacled]]), and Jade's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot radioactive god dog]]. Among the alpha kids, there's Roxy's cats, Dirk's seagulls, and Jake's "frightening fauna".
22nd Feb '18 7:04:29 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''SisterClaire'' is absolutely ''obsessed'' with cats, even beyond the obvious fact that one is the BigBad. Claire herself is a FriendToAllLivingThings who loves playing with the local strays, her room is decorated with cat posters and dolls, the chapel has banned all cats, and [[spoiler:Sister Catherine]] seems to be [[AmbiguouslyHuman a bit too connected to the animals...]]

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* ''SisterClaire'' ''Webcomic/SisterClaire'' is absolutely ''obsessed'' with cats, even beyond the obvious fact that one is the BigBad. Claire herself is a FriendToAllLivingThings who loves playing with the local strays, her room is decorated with cat posters and dolls, the chapel has banned all cats, and [[spoiler:Sister Catherine]] seems to be [[AmbiguouslyHuman a bit too connected to the animals...]]
10th Feb '18 5:58:19 PM GirlofMassDeconstruction
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Animals, like {{flower|Motifs}}s, are a motif that tends to be gendered. Men are usually compared to animals that are clearly predatory: wolves, lions, and bears, for example. Women generally get the cute and fluffy animals as motifs, such as bunnies. However, women have historically had a strong association with the cat which, while cuddly and furry, is also a predator. Cats are therefore a common motif for female characters, but one aspect of the feline mystique will most likely be emphasized over the others -- the woman will either be a predator, a seductress, or a sweet little kitten. (Lionesses are especially popular for {{Action Girl}}s: they look very different from male lions, and most people know it's lionesses who do the hunting, so a lioness motif conveniently emphasizes both femininity and ferocity.) Women are also frequently associated with foxes, also a predatory animal, although it is the fox's attractive nature or reputation as a trickster that is being invoked. A woman represented by a large, predatory animal is most likely to reference MamaBear because, like the lioness, it is simultaneously feminine and ferocious.

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Animals, like {{flower|Motifs}}s, are a motif that tends to be gendered. Men are usually compared to animals that are clearly predatory: wolves, lions, and bears, for example. Women generally get the cute and fluffy animals as motifs, such as bunnies. However, women have historically had a strong association with the cat which, while cuddly and furry, is also a predator. Cats are therefore a common motif for female characters, but one aspect of the feline mystique will most likely be emphasized over the others -- the woman will either be a predator, [[SexyCatPerson a seductress, seductress,]] or a sweet little kitten. (Lionesses are especially popular for {{Action Girl}}s: they look very different from male lions, and most people know it's lionesses who do the hunting, so a lioness motif conveniently emphasizes both femininity and ferocity.) Women are also frequently associated with foxes, also a predatory animal, although it is the fox's attractive nature or reputation as a trickster that is being invoked. A woman represented by a large, predatory animal is most likely to reference MamaBear because, like the lioness, it is simultaneously feminine and ferocious.
31st Jan '18 7:01:40 AM nighttrainfm
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** Homer loves primates, has been portrayed as an ape, and has been compared to a gorilla by Bart. Attempts by scientists to determine his species have been... inconclusive. "[[AmbiguouslyHuman He is either a below average man, or a brilliant beast]]."

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** Homer loves primates, has been portrayed as an ape, and has been compared to a gorilla by Bart. Attempts by scientists to determine his species have been... inconclusive. "[[AmbiguouslyHuman He is either a below average man, human being, or a brilliant beast]]."
27th Jan '18 7:56:05 PM anacharis
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** Quartz gems seem to be associated with felines in general. Amethyst has a cleft lip resembling a cat's mouth, frequently shape-shifts into a cat, and has a wrestling alter-ego known as the "Purple Puma". Jasper's striped form, golden-stilted eyes, and cat-like gem-nose makes her resemble a tiger. Rose Quartz seems to be associated with lions, stated to be a deliberate allusion by the creators to the goddess Ishtar who was said to have seven lions pulling her chariot.

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** Quartz gems seem to be associated with felines in general. Amethyst has a cleft lip resembling a cat's mouth, frequently shape-shifts into a cat, and has a wrestling alter-ego known as the "Purple Puma". Jasper's striped form, golden-stilted eyes, and cat-like gem-nose makes her resemble a tiger. Rose Quartz seems to be associated with lions, stated to be a deliberate allusion by the creators to the goddess Ishtar who was said to have seven lions pulling her chariot. Smoky Quartz is explicitly modeled on a ManekiNeko.
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