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23rd Apr '17 9:12:30 AM nombretomado
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* Mostly played straight in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. The main character is a duck disguised as a girl, and she's shown as being clumsy and loud with a hidden grace. Both the MagicalGirl she turns into and the Prince she's trying to save are represented by swans, appropriate since both are graceful dancers who are greatly defined by their love for others. Crows and ravens are the main villains, and the DarkMagicalGirl is both referred to as a crow and a black swan, referencing ''SwanLake'' and [[spoiler:referring to the fact that she herself is a loving person who's been twisted by evil]]. The trope carries over to most of the cast in some ways, with some exceptions.

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* Mostly played straight in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. The main character is a duck disguised as a girl, and she's shown as being clumsy and loud with a hidden grace. Both the MagicalGirl she turns into and the Prince she's trying to save are represented by swans, appropriate since both are graceful dancers who are greatly defined by their love for others. Crows and ravens are the main villains, and the DarkMagicalGirl is both referred to as a crow and a black swan, referencing ''SwanLake'' ''Theatre/SwanLake'' and [[spoiler:referring to the fact that she herself is a loving person who's been twisted by evil]]. The trope carries over to most of the cast in some ways, with some exceptions.
21st Apr '17 6:06:20 PM ShadowHog
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* [[AnimalStereotypes/AnimatedFilms Films Animation]]
** ''AnimalStereotypes/{{Zootopia}}''
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* In ''Animation/TheElmChantedForest'' Buddy Bear is lazy and fun loving but fierce if he needs to be, Fifi Fox is very seductive, and J. Edgar Beaver is wise and hardworking.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing:'' The lions rule the Pride Lands as a monarchy, even being accepted as the leaders by the animals they prey upon. The "lion as noble king of the animals" stereotype is found in too many cultures and FairyTales to list all of them, some African cultures and Western culture for example. Hyenas are all portrayed as stupid and evil, also in too many cultures to list, (this is ironic, because in real life hyenas are comparable to apes in intelligence). ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' still uses hyenas as the main antagonists, but [[{{Retcon}} establishes that most hyenas are good.]]
* The {{Deconstruction}} of this trope is one the main themes of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}.'' Animals are [[FantasticRacism stereotyped and shunned due to the expected characteristics of their species]]. Rabbits have to be timid and dainty, foxes have to be sly and crafty, and don't get us started on sloths. Further deconstructed by the two protagonists: Judy, a bunny who wants to become a cop, and Nick, a fox who wanted to be honorable and kind, but was bullied by other animals.
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': fox are thought to be smart and astute, as Robin Hood should be, Little John is rough and big, but good hearted like people generally associate bears, lions are associated with power so both King Richard and his brother Prince John are represented by lions, roosters are associated with singing like Alan-a-Dale, snakes with slyness and sneakiness like Sir Hiss, wolves with cruelty like the Sheriff of Nottingham, and chickens with care and maternity like Lady Kluck. Early on in the development of the film, it was intended to [[PlayingWithATrope play with]] this a little more by making the Sheriff of Nottingham a goat instead of a wolf, but this was rejected because it was didn't look convincingly evil enough.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' have most of the stereotypes associated with the animals: Fox is clever and cunning, Mole is shy, Badger is aggressive (as a lawyer should be), Weasel is sneaky, to name a few.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** Each of the martial artists, being animals who each practice a style specifically designed after their species. But no-one associates a cute and cuddly species like a Giant Panda with aggression, and yet lead character Po learns to be exactly that. This is emphasized even more by the name the writers chose to give the panda: [[MeaningfulName Po's surname "Ping" means "peace" in Chinese]].
** In addition, while the "slow-as-molasses" turtle stereotype is played laughingly straight in the candle-blowing scene, in flashback Master Oogway hands Tai Lung his family jewels [[CrowningMomentofAwesome with an amazingly rapid-fire, complex, awe-inspiring pattern of nerve strikes]]: classic OldMaster material.
** The peacocks and wolves in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' are also played straight, with the peacocks being the noble rulers of Gongmen City and the BigBad being a disgraced prince, while the wolves are savage brutes who show clear pack behavior.
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17th Apr '17 5:00:23 AM NightShade96
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* AnimalStereotypes/AnimatedFilms

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17th Apr '17 4:45:45 AM NightShade96
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** ''AnimalStereotypes/{{Zootopia}}''
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* In ''Animation/TheElmChantedForest'' Buddy Bear is lazy and fun loving but fierce if he needs to be, Fifi Fox is very seductive, and J. Edgar Beaver is wise and hardworking.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing:'' The lions rule the Pride Lands as a monarchy, even being accepted as the leaders by the animals they prey upon. The "lion as noble king of the animals" stereotype is found in too many cultures and FairyTales to list all of them, some African cultures and Western culture for example. Hyenas are all portrayed as stupid and evil, also in too many cultures to list, (this is ironic, because in real life hyenas are comparable to apes in intelligence). ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' still uses hyenas as the main antagonists, but [[{{Retcon}} establishes that most hyenas are good.]]
* The {{Deconstruction}} of this trope is one the main themes of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}.'' Animals are [[FantasticRacism stereotyped and shunned due to the expected characteristics of their species]]. Rabbits have to be timid and dainty, foxes have to be sly and crafty, and don't get us started on sloths. Further deconstructed by the two protagonists: Judy, a bunny who wants to become a cop, and Nick, a fox who wanted to be honorable and kind, but was bullied by other animals.
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': fox are thought to be smart and astute, as Robin Hood should be, Little John is rough and big, but good hearted like people generally associate bears, lions are associated with power so both King Richard and his brother Prince John are represented by lions, roosters are associated with singing like Alan-a-Dale, snakes with slyness and sneakiness like Sir Hiss, wolves with cruelty like the Sheriff of Nottingham, and chickens with care and maternity like Lady Kluck. Early on in the development of the film, it was intended to [[PlayingWithATrope play with]] this a little more by making the Sheriff of Nottingham a goat instead of a wolf, but this was rejected because it was didn't look convincingly evil enough.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' have most of the stereotypes associated with the animals: Fox is clever and cunning, Mole is shy, Badger is aggressive (as a lawyer should be), Weasel is sneaky, to name a few.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** Each of the martial artists, being animals who each practice a style specifically designed after their species. But no-one associates a cute and cuddly species like a Giant Panda with aggression, and yet lead character Po learns to be exactly that. This is emphasized even more by the name the writers chose to give the panda: [[MeaningfulName Po's surname "Ping" means "peace" in Chinese]].
** In addition, while the "slow-as-molasses" turtle stereotype is played laughingly straight in the candle-blowing scene, in flashback Master Oogway hands Tai Lung his family jewels [[CrowningMomentofAwesome with an amazingly rapid-fire, complex, awe-inspiring pattern of nerve strikes]]: classic OldMaster material.
** The peacocks and wolves in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' are also played straight, with the peacocks being the noble rulers of Gongmen City and the BigBad being a disgraced prince, while the wolves are savage brutes who show clear pack behavior.
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18th Mar '17 6:31:51 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* Almost everyone in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''. [[CatsAreMean Mr. Cat]] is Smileyland's resident jerk, Stumpy the squirrel is hyperactive and [[TheDitz a bit dim]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Kaeloo]] the frog seems to be in constant bliss and is [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace smotheringly]] "friendly". [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Quack-Quack and Bad Kaeloo as Quack-Quack is a diaper-wearing genius [[SpeechImpairedAnimal incapable of speech]] and [[HulkingOut Bad Kaeloo]] is a monstrous [[GenderInvertedTrope she-toad]] with [[DumbMuscle little obvious intelligence]] and a horrific mean streak.

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* Almost everyone in Some of the characters from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''. [[CatsAreMean Mr. Cat]] is Smileyland's resident jerk, Stumpy the squirrel is hyperactive and [[TheDitz a bit dim]] rather stupid]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Kaeloo]] the frog seems to be in constant bliss and is [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace smotheringly]] "friendly". [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Quack-Quack Quack-Quack, Pretty, Olaf and Bad Kaeloo as Quack-Quack is a diaper-wearing genius [[SpeechImpairedAnimal incapable of speech]] speech]], Pretty is an AlphaBitch who is [[SpoiledBrat far from sweet]], Olaf is [[TheNapoleon not exactly "cheerful"]] and [[HulkingOut Bad Kaeloo]] is a monstrous [[GenderInvertedTrope she-toad]] with [[DumbMuscle little obvious intelligence]] and a horrific mean streak.
15th Mar '17 3:52:08 PM fgenzo159
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** Poseidon, god of the sea, with [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext horses]].

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** Poseidon, god of the sea, with [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext [[FailedASpotCheck horses]].
15th Mar '17 3:50:46 PM fgenzo159
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* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Athena, goddess of wisdom, was associated with owls, and owls show up on ancient Athenian currency (Athena being the patron goddess of Athens).

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* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology :
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Athena, goddess of wisdom, was associated with owls, and owls show up on ancient Athenian currency (Athena being the patron goddess of Athens).Athens).
** Poseidon, god of the sea, with [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext horses]].
** Aphrodite, goddess of love, with doves.
** Diana, goddess of nature, with does.
** Zeus, king of gods, with eagles.
** Hera, wife of Zeus, with peacocks.
4th Mar '17 2:41:04 PM StFan
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%% * ''{{Firekeeper}}'' from the series of the same name. She was a WildChild raised by wolves, so the fact that she identifies as a wolf who happened to be unfortunate enough to get born as a human makes sense.

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%% * ''{{Firekeeper}}'' ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga'': Firekeeper from the series of the same name. She was a WildChild raised by wolves, so the fact that she identifies as a wolf who happened to be unfortunate enough to get born as a human makes sense.
24th Feb '17 3:05:25 PM StFan
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** There's "Cat Burglar Nami" - which is everyone who knows Nami comparing her to a cat that's ultimately kind when it suits her but mostly selfish. This is played up a lot at first and then dropped as the story goes on.

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** There's "Cat Burglar Nami" - -- which is everyone who knows Nami comparing her to a cat that's ultimately kind when it suits her but mostly selfish. This is played up a lot at first and then dropped as the story goes on.



%% * ''LoveHina'' had [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Mitsune "Kitsune" Konno]], who not only acted like a fox, but also looked a little bit like one, at least in the facial features.

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%% * ''LoveHina'' ''Manga/LoveHina'' had [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Mitsune "Kitsune" Konno]], who not only acted like a fox, but also looked a little bit like one, at least in the facial features.



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%% * Read through the ''ElfQuest'' Gatherum and and you'll find that the main characters (at least Cutter, Skywise, Leetah, and Rayek) were designed with animals in mind (bantam, fox, cat, and snake). The bantam is pretty unusual when people talk characters, especially for a protagonist, but in this case it relays Cutter as confident, frank and open, as well as being a ruler. Savah even refers to Cutter as a fighting cockerel at one point. And as Rayek has never been ''merely'' a villain, even the persona of a snake isn't wholly negative.
%% * ''ComicStrip/OverTheHedge'' uses several of these (raccoon, tortoise, squirrel, bear, probably others) very straight.

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%% * Read through the ''ElfQuest'' ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' Gatherum and and you'll find that the main characters (at least Cutter, Skywise, Leetah, and Rayek) were designed with animals in mind (bantam, fox, cat, and snake). The bantam is pretty unusual when people talk characters, especially for a protagonist, but in this case it relays Cutter as confident, frank and open, as well as being a ruler. Savah even refers to Cutter as a fighting cockerel at one point. And as Rayek has never been ''merely'' a villain, even the persona of a snake isn't wholly negative.
%% * ''ComicStrip/OverTheHedge'' uses several of these (raccoon, tortoise, squirrel, bear, probably others) very straight.
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%% * ''USAcres'' has Orson the pig, Bo the sheep and Wade the duck.
%% ** Arguable for Orson, while he's intelligent and likes bathing in mud, he is something of the OnlySaneMan of the group, acting as a voice of morality and reason and being far more dedicated to work and order.



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%% * ''Film/DoctorDolittle'': During the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-V7oua1EVs Like Animals]]", Dolittle bristles at the animal stereotypes.

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%% * ''Film/DoctorDolittle'': During ''ComicStrip/OverTheHedge'' uses several of these (raccoon, tortoise, squirrel, bear, probably others) very straight.
%% * ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' has Orson
the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-V7oua1EVs Like Animals]]", Dolittle bristles at pig, Bo the animal stereotypes.sheep and Wade the duck. Arguable for Orson, while he's intelligent and likes bathing in mud, he is something of the OnlySaneMan of the group, acting as a voice of morality and reason and being far more dedicated to work and order.
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* ''Disney/RobinHood'' has; fox are thought to be smart and astute, as Robin Hood should be, Little John is rough and big, but good hearted like people generally associate bears, lions are associated with power so both King Richard and his brother Prince John are represented by lions, roosters are associated with singing like Alan-a-Dale, snakes with slyness and sneakiness like Sir Hiss, wolves with cruelty like the Sheriff of Nottingham, and chickens with care and maternity like Lady Kluck.
** Early on in the development of the film, it was intended to [[PlayingWithATrope play with]] this a little more by making the Sheriff of Nottingham a goat instead of a wolf, but this was rejected because it was didn't look convincingly evil enough.
* ''Film/FantasticMrFox'' have most of the stereotypes associated with the animals: Fox is clever and cunning, Mole is shy, Badger is aggressive (as a lawyer should be), Weasel is sneaky, to name a few.

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* ''Disney/RobinHood'' has; ''Disney/RobinHood'': fox are thought to be smart and astute, as Robin Hood should be, Little John is rough and big, but good hearted like people generally associate bears, lions are associated with power so both King Richard and his brother Prince John are represented by lions, roosters are associated with singing like Alan-a-Dale, snakes with slyness and sneakiness like Sir Hiss, wolves with cruelty like the Sheriff of Nottingham, and chickens with care and maternity like Lady Kluck.
**
Kluck. Early on in the development of the film, it was intended to [[PlayingWithATrope play with]] this a little more by making the Sheriff of Nottingham a goat instead of a wolf, but this was rejected because it was didn't look convincingly evil enough.
* ''Film/FantasticMrFox'' ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' have most of the stereotypes associated with the animals: Fox is clever and cunning, Mole is shy, Badger is aggressive (as a lawyer should be), Weasel is sneaky, to name a few.few.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** Each of the martial artists, being animals who each practice a style specifically designed after their species. But no-one associates a cute and cuddly species like a Giant Panda with aggression, and yet lead character Po learns to be exactly that. This is emphasized even more by the name the writers chose to give the panda: [[MeaningfulName Po's surname "Ping" means "peace" in Chinese]].
** In addition, while the "slow-as-molasses" turtle stereotype is played laughingly straight in the candle-blowing scene, in flashback Master Oogway hands Tai Lung his family jewels [[CrowningMomentofAwesome with an amazingly rapid-fire, complex, awe-inspiring pattern of nerve strikes]]: classic OldMaster material.
** The peacocks and wolves in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' are also played straight, with the peacocks being the noble rulers of Gongmen City and the BigBad being a disgraced prince, while the wolves are savage brutes who show clear pack behavior.



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%% * ''Film/DoctorDolittle'': During the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-V7oua1EVs Like Animals]]", Dolittle bristles at the animal stereotypes.
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* Aside from [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Sentient Apes]] that populate the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there are also a category of characters called "Moreaus" (after the titular MadScientist from "The Island of Doctor Moreau"), [[UpliftedAnimal scientifically altered animals that can now speak and think]].
** The Zoo is a heroic team of Moreaus that have banded together for self-protection and to show humanity that they aren't monsters. They've unimaginably named themselves after their original species (Bloodhound, Buffalo, Fox, and Giraffe), and fight crime in Los Angeles.

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* Aside from [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Sentient Apes]] that populate the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there are also a category of characters called "Moreaus" (after the titular MadScientist from "The Island of Doctor Moreau"), [[UpliftedAnimal scientifically altered animals that can now speak and think]].
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think]]. The Zoo is a heroic team of Moreaus that have banded together for self-protection and to show humanity that they aren't monsters. They've unimaginably unimaginatively named themselves after their original species (Bloodhound, Buffalo, Fox, and Giraffe), and fight crime in Los Angeles.






* Each of the martial artists in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', being animals who each practice a style specifically designed after their species. But no one associates a cute and cuddly species like a Giant Panda with aggression, and yet lead character Po learns to be exactly that.
** This is emphasized even more by the name the writers chose to give the panda: [[MeaningfulName Po's surname 'Ping' means 'peace' in Chinese]].
** In addition, while the 'slow-as-molasses' turtle stereotype is played laughingly straight in the candle-blowing scene, in flashback Master Oogway hands Tai Lung his family jewels [[CrowningMomentofAwesome with an amazingly rapid-fire, complex, awe-inspiring pattern of nerve strikes]]: classic OldMaster material.
** The peacocks and wolves in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' are also played straight, with the peacocks being the noble rulers of Gongmen City and the BigBad being a disgraced prince, while the wolves are savage brutes who show clear pack behavior.

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* Each of the martial artists in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', being animals who each practice a style specifically designed after their species. But no one associates a cute and cuddly species like a Giant Panda with aggression, and yet lead character Po learns to be exactly that.
** This is emphasized even more by the name the writers chose to give the panda: [[MeaningfulName Po's surname 'Ping' means 'peace' in Chinese]].
** In addition, while the 'slow-as-molasses' turtle stereotype is played laughingly straight in the candle-blowing scene, in flashback Master Oogway hands Tai Lung his family jewels [[CrowningMomentofAwesome with an amazingly rapid-fire, complex, awe-inspiring pattern of nerve strikes]]: classic OldMaster material.
** The peacocks and wolves in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' are also played straight, with the peacocks being the noble rulers of Gongmen City and the BigBad being a disgraced prince, while the wolves are savage brutes who show clear pack behavior.


31st Jan '17 2:56:02 PM MrMediaGuy2
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%% ** Though he does avert it sometimes with the owls; Gerul is talkative and rather silly, and Nutwing has an extremely bad memory. Even the fairly intelligent Captain Snow isn't particularly wise. TruthInTelevision, supposedly, as owls are in fact (to quote Creator/DCSimpson) "no smarter than they need to be".

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%% ** Though he does avert it sometimes with the owls; Gerul is talkative and rather silly, and Nutwing has an extremely bad memory. Even the fairly intelligent Captain Snow isn't particularly wise. TruthInTelevision, supposedly, as owls are in fact (to quote Creator/DCSimpson) Creator/DanaSimpson) "no smarter than they need to be".
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