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24th Aug '16 4:08:00 PM 0nyx
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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.
19th Aug '16 10:40:42 AM pinkdalek
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* Most of the Animal-themed Code names in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' match their owners in terms of personality, though some (like Mantis) are less obvious than others. Notable for that the Snake isn't automatically "evil".

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* Most of the Animal-themed Code names in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' ''Franchise/MetalGear'' match their owners in terms of personality, though some (like Mantis) are less obvious than others. Notable for that the Snake isn't automatically "evil"."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.



** 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.
** 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.

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** 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.
** 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...


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** The Pain is themed around hornets. He's vaguely bee-shaped, wears camouflague 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.
13th Aug '16 8:28:59 PM nombretomado
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** ''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.

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** ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' ''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.
13th Aug '16 5:33:10 PM schoi30
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* Besides having a tiger for a best friend, [[NewspaperComics/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] frequently visualizes himself as animals. His favorites are dinosaurs, with him usually as an ''Allosaurus'' or a ''T. rex'', and those around him as herbivores.


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* Besides having a tiger for a best friend, [[NewspaperComics/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] frequently visualizes himself as animals. His favorites are dinosaurs, with him usually as an ''Allosaurus'' or a ''T. rex'', and those around him as herbivores.
13th Aug '16 5:26:59 PM schoi30
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* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' uses this trope quite a lot. Ippo is a gazelle, Sendo a tiger, Vorg a wolf, Date a lion, Woli a monkey, Kimura a dragonfish... Notably, Takamura, despite being the 2nd main character, does not have a clear motif. He could be a hawk (his name reflects it and he wears a hawk costume for world title fights), a bear (won against one and has worn his fur) or a rhinoceros beetle (wore such a costume and his ''[[Manga/KOn K-On!]]'' manga appears to have a thing for turtles and tortoises. For one, there are the statues on the school staircases, based on the fable of the tortoise and the hare. In the opening of the first season, the girls are seen hopping over stones in a river, some of which are turtle-shaped (both are from [[RealPlaceBackground real locations]], by the way). Ui owns a large turtle plushie. And then there's Ton-chan, a turtle living in an aquarium in the club room.

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* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' uses this trope quite a lot. Ippo is a gazelle, Sendo a tiger, Vorg a wolf, Date a lion, Woli a monkey, Kimura a dragonfish... Notably, Takamura, despite being the 2nd main character, does not have a clear motif. He could be a hawk (his name reflects it and he wears a hawk costume for world title fights), a bear (won against one and has worn his fur) or a rhinoceros beetle (wore such a costume and his costume).
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''[[Manga/KOn K-On!]]'' manga appears to have a thing for turtles and tortoises. For one, there are the statues on the school staircases, based on the fable of the tortoise and the hare. In the opening of the first season, the girls are seen hopping over stones in a river, some of which are turtle-shaped (both are from [[RealPlaceBackground real locations]], by the way). Ui owns a large turtle plushie. And then there's Ton-chan, a turtle living in an aquarium in the club room.



* Besides having a tiger for a best friend, [[NewspaperComics/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] frequently visualizes himself as animals. His favorites are dinosaurs, with him usually as an Allosaurus/T-Rex, and those around him as herbivores.

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* Besides having a tiger for a best friend, [[NewspaperComics/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] frequently visualizes himself as animals. His favorites are dinosaurs, with him usually as an Allosaurus/T-Rex, ''Allosaurus'' or a ''T. rex'', and those around him as herbivores.
13th Aug '16 5:18:18 PM schoi30
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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. "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.
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Bart. Attempts by scientists to determine his species have been...inconclusive. "He is either a below average man, or a brilliant beast."
5th Aug '16 4:24:36 AM Smughipster
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** 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.
** Chun-Li is often depicted as having connections to birds, and this is referenced in several pieces of official art and alternate costumes
5th Aug '16 4:15:47 AM Smughipster
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* ''VideoGame/Guilty Gear'' 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.
4th Aug '16 11:16:02 PM Buck
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*** Parts of Middlesbrough and Redcar in the north east of England have an association with horses(because of their use in mining operations in the past) which is shown by the various pub names, statues and decorations.

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*** Parts of Middlesbrough and parts of Redcar in the north east of England have an association with horses(because horses (because of their use in mining operations in the past) which is shown by the various pub names, statues and decorations.
4th Aug '16 11:13:26 PM Buck
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*** Some towns the north east of England have a horse motif (because of their use in mining operations in the past) which is shown by the various pub names, statues and decorations.

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*** Some towns Parts of Middlesbrough and Redcar in the north east of England have a horse motif (because an association with horses(because of their use in mining operations in the past) which is shown by the various pub names, statues and decorations.
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