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20th Jul '16 3:11:52 PM totoofze47
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has "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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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has ''Manga/OnePiece''
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"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.on.
** The Mink Tribe being a tribe of PettingZooPeople, they naturally have a lot of classic animal behaviours. Canine Minks like Wanda and Dogstorm love licking people they like and chewing on bones ([[DemBones Much to Brook's dismay]]), Carrot the rabbit Mink often nibbles on people and loves her namesake, Rody the bull Mink is distracted by a piece of fluttery cloth, etc.
3rd Jul '16 10:06:51 AM KatanaCat
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* The {{Deconstruction}} of this trope is one the main themes of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}.'' Animals are 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 that wanted to be an honorable and kind "man," but was bullied by other animals.

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* 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.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 that who wanted to be an honorable and kind "man," kind, but was bullied by other animals.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features twelve characters, the trolls, all of which have a theme animal. When the troll is a match for their theme animal, it's usually played straight, as with the eternally angry Karkat, who's theme animal is a crab, but on the other hand, Tavros is a general subversion of his bull, being shy, slow-tempered, and generally harmless, as opposed to bold, easily-angered, and intimidating.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' features twelve characters, the trolls, all of which have a theme animal. When the troll is a match for their theme animal, it's usually played straight, as with the eternally angry Karkat, who's whose theme animal is a crab, crab; but on the other hand, Tavros is a general subversion of his bull, being shy, slow-tempered, and generally harmless, as opposed to bold, easily-angered, and intimidating.
27th Jun '16 2:44:51 PM Morgenthaler
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%% * ''AnimalFarm'' intentionally uses this trope, but with an interesting twist: the animal characters not only symbolize traits but political figures in the Soviet Union. Hilariously, Stalin is a pig--as are all the members of the Communist Party. The general scheme goes:

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%% * ''AnimalFarm'' ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' intentionally uses this trope, but with an interesting twist: the animal characters not only symbolize traits but political figures in the Soviet Union. Hilariously, Stalin is a pig--as are all the members of the Communist Party. The general scheme goes:
19th Jun '16 2:11:16 AM Dracis
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* The {{Deconstruction}} of this trope is one the main themes of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}.'' Animals are 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 that wanted to be an honorable and kind "man," but was bullied by other animals.



* {{Deconstruction}} in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}.'' Animals are 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 that wanted to be an honorable and kind "man," but was bullied by other animals.

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* {{Deconstruction}} in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}.'' Animals are 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 that wanted to be an honorable and kind "man," but was bullied by other animals.
17th Jun '16 2:48:31 AM Doug86
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%% * Many of the noble houses in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' have animals as part of their heraldry and show a certain awareness of how they are supposed to act because of this. An extract from an upcoming novel has a member of House Lannister, whose sigil is a Lion, make a comment about his Lion like nature and the man in question (a foreigner) wonders at how strange those in Westeros are, that they put a dragon, lion or stag on a breastplate and immediately start calling themselves such and trying to fulfill what they think that means they should act like. House Frey's prominent members on the other hand are often described by others as looking and acting like weasels

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%% * Many of the noble houses in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have animals as part of their heraldry and show a certain awareness of how they are supposed to act because of this. An extract from an upcoming novel has a member of House Lannister, whose sigil is a Lion, make a comment about his Lion like nature and the man in question (a foreigner) wonders at how strange those in Westeros are, that they put a dragon, lion or stag on a breastplate and immediately start calling themselves such and trying to fulfill what they think that means they should act like. House Frey's prominent members on the other hand are often described by others as looking and acting like weasels
9th Jun '16 8:48:17 AM Morgenthaler
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%% * Creator/CJCherryh's ''ChanurSaga'' series uses a range of AnimalStereotype aliens. The Maheno'sat are obviously chimps, the Kif seem to combine elements of rat and snake, and the Hani are lions - but realistically portrayed: their social structure is built around co-operative groups of females who keep a few pampered males around purely as studs. Cheryh hammers the point home by naming the Hani ship ''The Pride of Chanur''. To be fair, the books also include some [[StarfishAliens mind-bendingly alien aliens]], though mostly in the background.

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%% * Creator/CJCherryh's ''ChanurSaga'' ''Literature/ChanurSaga'' series uses a range of AnimalStereotype aliens. The Maheno'sat are obviously chimps, the Kif seem to combine elements of rat and snake, and the Hani are lions - but realistically portrayed: their social structure is built around co-operative groups of females who keep a few pampered males around purely as studs. Cheryh hammers the point home by naming the Hani ship ''The Pride of Chanur''. To be fair, the books also include some [[StarfishAliens mind-bendingly alien aliens]], though mostly in the background.



%% * ''ThePrincessAndCurdie'', a (quite possibly) little-known sequel to ''ThePrincessAndTheGoblin'', shows the hero given the ability to feel "real hands." Sometimes they feel human, sometimes like the hoof of an ox, sometimes like the belly of a snake. "Real hands" are supposed to tell Curdie everything he needs to know about a person. (Or creature)

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%% * ''ThePrincessAndCurdie'', ''Literature/ThePrincessAndCurdie'', a (quite possibly) little-known sequel to ''ThePrincessAndTheGoblin'', shows the hero given the ability to feel "real hands." Sometimes they feel human, sometimes like the hoof of an ox, sometimes like the belly of a snake. "Real hands" are supposed to tell Curdie everything he needs to know about a person. (Or creature)
4th Jun '16 3:26:20 PM TinyTedDanson
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\n\n->''"I know what youíre afraid of: itís not pain or solitude, itís indignity. Youíre a little bit like a cat that way."''
-->-- '''Dr. Bloom''', ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''



Be wary of AnimalJingoism, [[{{Flanderization}} accidential]] or [[WriterOnBoard intentional]].

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Be wary of AnimalJingoism, [[{{Flanderization}} accidential]] accidental]] or [[WriterOnBoard intentional]].


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* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' invokes this both through protagonist Will Graham and antagonist Hannibal Lecter.
** Graham not only rescues several stray dogs, but his dog-like blind loyalty and trust is what causes Jack Crawford [[BreakTheCutie to push him too far]] and allows Lecter to get inside his head and control him for his own ends.
** Lecter, on the other hand, frequently acts with calculating malice, maintains an air of [[VillainWithGoodPublicity class and sophistication]] yet remains extremely proud and reserved; not only does this make him very cat-like, but it's even noted:
-->'''Dr. Bloom''': I know what youíre afraid of: itís not pain or solitude, itís indignity. Youíre a little bit like a cat that way.
12th May '16 7:05:11 AM Doug86
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%% * Plenty of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', from Wolverine to Kitty, Toad, Sabretooth, Beak, Angel or The Cuckoos.

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%% * Plenty of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', ''ComicBook/XMen'', from Wolverine to Kitty, Toad, Sabretooth, Beak, Angel or The Cuckoos.
1st May '16 8:13:38 AM LostInOblivion
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->''Dogs are stupid and will happily run around with bog roll in their mouth, but cats are always 'discerning'... They come on like they own half of Mayfair, when in fact they'd fucking starve if you didn't give them mashed up animal genitals out of a tin. Assholes.''
-->-- ''Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit?''

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->''Dogs are stupid and will happily run around with bog roll in their mouth, but cats are always 'discerning'... They come on like they own half of Mayfair, when in fact they'd fucking starve if you didn't give them mashed up animal genitals out of a tin. Assholes.''
-->-- ''Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit?''

25th Apr '16 9:53:15 AM WanderingBrowser
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* Hyenas have quite a few negative stereotypes associated with them, based mostly on legends and beliefs from North Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Near East that reached the Romans and were written down by Pliny the Elder before being faithfully copied by Christian bestiaries during the Medieval Period.
** Evil: Being nocturnal scavengers, especially with their ability to completely devour a body and leave not even bones behind, hyenas have long been seen as wicked and vile. Medieval Bestiaries use them as a symbol for the untrustworthy, the two-faced, the greedy and the lustful. This belief still influences Western cultures, and even in their native lands, hyenas are often seen as vile creatures -- the Korè cult in Mali symbolically become and emulate hyenas specifically to put on elaborate [[ScareEmStraight morality plays]].
** Supernatural: Hyenas have often been associated with dark magic, with many regions claiming that they were mimics who imitated human voices to lure humans to their deaths. Several regions also have their own beliefs in [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent were-hyenas]]. The former Bornu Empire used to believe in the bultungin, men who turned into hyenas. Ethiopia still believes in the tradition of the bouda, a shapeshifting, corpse-eating, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking blacksmithing]] wizard or witch who assumes a hyena form at night. In Western Sudan, stories were told of evil wizards with a prediliction for human flesh, especially that of lovers, turning into nightmarish half-man half-hyena creatures. Persians once told stories of the child-slaughtering were-hyenas known as Kaftars. There's also the belief in Arabian folklore that hyenas were blood-drinking vampires with [[CharmPerson mind-controlling powers]], and Greeks believed that slain werewolves would return as vampiric hyenas up until the 19th century.
** Sexuality and Perversion: Spotted hyenas were originally believed to be {{Gender Bender}}s, routinely switching between male and female to mate and give birth, because of the female's infamous pseudo-penis. Meanwhile, the striped hyena's association has long led it being hunted down in Africa to make talismans from its vulva and anus, which are traditionally believed to be [[LovePotion powerful magical tools for attracting sexual partners]]. It's so prevalent that there is a saying in some parts of Africa to this day; "to have the anus of a hyena" is used to refer to someone who easily gets sex.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' the Night Elf druids, who [[VoluntaryShapeshifting could switch]] between Elf and animal form, showed the stereotypes of their animal form even as elves. The Druids of the Claw, who could turn into bears, seemed slow paced, fond of long naps, but very dangerous when angered. The Druids of the Talon, who could turn into crows, were mysterious, slick and silent. The snake worshipping Druids of the Fang are of course [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent pure evil]]. Whitewolf's rpg claims there are good druids of the fang and the ones encountered ingame are a freak incident but in VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft they didn't start calling themselves druids of the fang until after they turned evil.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' the Night Elf druids, who [[VoluntaryShapeshifting could switch]] between Elf and animal form, showed the stereotypes of their animal form even as elves. The Druids of the Claw, who could turn into bears, seemed slow paced, fond of long naps, but very dangerous when angered. The Druids of the Talon, who could turn into crows, were mysterious, slick and silent. The snake worshipping Druids of the Fang are of course [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent pure evil]]. Whitewolf's rpg Creator/{{White Wolf}}'s [[TabletopGame/WarcraftTheRoleplayingGame tabletop RPG]] claims there are good druids of the fang and the ones encountered ingame are a freak incident but in VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft they didn't start calling themselves druids of the fang until after they turned evil.
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