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27th Sep '16 8:50:04 PM PaulA
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%% * Creator/CJCherryh's ''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.

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%% * Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/ChanurSaga'' series uses ''Literature/ChanurNovels'' use 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.
2nd Sep '16 8:52:32 PM LaStella
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*** Ravenclaw, house of the intelligent and wise has the eagle for some reason.

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*** Ravenclaw, house of the intelligent and wise has the eagle for some reason. Possibly because the raven was much too obvious a choice, or because they ''want'' you to ask "But why?"
2nd Sep '16 4:48:22 AM PlanetEatingWarlord
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** This is emphasized even more by the name the writers chose to give the panda: [[MeaningfulName Po means 'peace' in Chinese]].

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** This is emphasized even more by the name the writers chose to give the panda: [[MeaningfulName Po Po's surname 'Ping' means 'peace' in Chinese]].
31st Aug '16 4:52:09 PM nombretomado
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%% * The "disgusting rats and leeches" stereotype is very much averted in everything EmilieAutumn does, especially in Literature/TheAsylumForWaywardVictorianGirls, where leeches symbolize the "[[TheOphelia mad girl]]", while rats are the guardians of said mad girls. Emilie herself owns rats.

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%% * The "disgusting rats and leeches" stereotype is very much averted in everything EmilieAutumn Music/EmilieAutumn does, especially in Literature/TheAsylumForWaywardVictorianGirls, where leeches symbolize the "[[TheOphelia mad girl]]", while rats are the guardians of said mad girls. Emilie herself owns rats.
25th Aug '16 11:16:15 AM Doug86
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* In Myth/GreekMythology, 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/GreekMythology, 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).
19th Aug '16 10:11:34 AM pinkdalek
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** Dog Mr Peanutbutter is an open-hearted, perpetually optimistic goofball who is full of excitement and loves eeryone.


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** Dog Mr Peanutbutter is an open-hearted, perpetually optimistic goofball who is full of excitement about the most trivial things, and loves eeryone.

deeply loyal. He also has no common sense at all.
** Dolphin Sextina Aquafina summarises her personality - "I'm a dolphin, we have sex for plea-sure".

18th Aug '16 5:02:04 PM pinkdalek
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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' is the king of this trope. It's set in a world where every single animal and insect is half human, along with regular humans, and every animal joke you can think of with that setup is there.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' is the king of this trope. It's set in a world where every single animal and insect is half human, along with regular humans, and every animal joke you can think of with that setup is there. \n It's also used for surprisingly rich characterisation colour:
**[=BoJack=] is a horse. He is proud, affectionate, stubborn and capable, but also skittish, submissive, impulsive, and prone to running away from his problems. Running, in particular, is a motif for his character, showing up to indicate freedom or that he's 'running in circles'.
** Cat Princess Carolyn is smart, predatory and good at solving problems - "Princess Carolyn always lands on her feet!"
** Dog Mr Peanutbutter is an open-hearted, perpetually optimistic goofball who is full of excitement and loves eeryone.

9th Aug '16 10:13:14 PM PaulA
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* Both played straight and subverted in the {{Dragaera}} novels, where Dragaerans conform to some of the AnimalStereotypes of their respective Houses: Orca are aggressive and predatory, Yendi (snakes) are sneaky and treacherous, Teckla (mice) are timid and victimized, etc.

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* Both played straight and subverted in the {{Dragaera}} Literature/{{Dragaera}} novels, where Dragaerans conform to some of the AnimalStereotypes of their respective Houses: Orca are aggressive and predatory, Yendi (snakes) are sneaky and treacherous, Teckla (mice) are timid and victimized, etc. etc.
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''
** 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.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.
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