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28th Jan '18 5:27:08 AM StFan
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-->-- '''Maidman''' explaining his choice of crime-fighting identity, ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''

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-->-- '''Maidman''' explaining (explaining his choice of crime-fighting identity, identity), ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''



* Franchise/SpiderMan, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can (Type I). Although in most versions his body does not produce webs itself (he had to invent the web formula and the web-shooters) and as some fans never tire of pointing out, whether he has artificial or organic web-shooters the webs don't come out of his butt. His vaguely defined "Spider-sense" also puts him more into mythical territory, as it operates more like a "sixth sense" than anything encountered with real-life spiders.

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* Franchise/SpiderMan, ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** Spider-Man,
Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can (Type I). Although in most versions his body does not produce webs itself (he had to invent the web formula and the web-shooters) and as some fans never tire of pointing out, whether he has artificial or organic web-shooters the webs don't come out of his butt. His vaguely defined "Spider-sense" also puts him more into mythical territory, as it operates more like a "sixth sense" than anything encountered with real-life spiders.



* The ComicBook/XMen villain and sometime ComicBook/{{Magneto}} lackey Toad, who could leap great distances and secrete slime. (Ironically, it's frogs, not toads, that do this.) Later, he was given a toad-like tongue.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
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The ComicBook/XMen villain and sometime ComicBook/{{Magneto}} lackey Toad, who could leap great distances and secrete slime. (Ironically, it's frogs, not toads, that do this.) Later, he was given a toad-like tongue.



* The Owl is a lesser known ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} villain with a flight harness and owl-like weapons...[[ImportantHaircut as well as an owl-like haircut]].

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* The Owl is a lesser known ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} villain with a flight harness and owl-like weapons... [[ImportantHaircut as well as an owl-like haircut]].



* In ''FanFic/TheSecretLifeOfTheBackyardKids'', Jorge has the strength, agilty, and sharp nails of a panther after morphing into one. According to [[MagicalNanny Emily]], wizards who do this stay that way for life.

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* In ''FanFic/TheSecretLifeOfTheBackyardKids'', ''Fanfic/TheSecretLifeOfTheBackyardKids'', Jorge has the strength, agilty, and sharp nails of a panther after morphing into one. According to [[MagicalNanny Emily]], wizards who do this stay that way for life.
27th Jan '18 6:40:30 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:300:She doesn't ''need'' luck. She eats nuts.]]
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22nd Jan '18 8:06:12 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:300:He's [[BatOutOfHell Batman]] and he's [[ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire Spider-Man]]. They come over the house. [[WebAnimation/BamanPiderman They're best friends.]]]]

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22nd Jan '18 4:52:02 AM StFan
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!!Examples:

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!!!Animal Abilities

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!!!Animal !!Animal Abilities



!!!Animal Alias

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!!!Animal !!Animal Alias



* Literature/LoneWolf from the eponymous series. The name mostly invokes the NobleWolf trope and the fact he's the LastOfHisKind. Though he sure has plenty superpowers through his Kai disciplines, none are especially wolf-inspired.

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* Literature/LoneWolf from the eponymous series. The name mostly invokes the NobleWolf trope and the fact he's the LastOfHisKind. Though he sure has plenty superpowers through his Kai disciplines, none are especially wolf-inspired. Some illustrations use a wolf motif, for example as a belt buckle in ''The Skull of Agarash''. Said graphic novel also superimposes the image of a wolf's head over Lone Wolf's face to show he's using his psychic powers.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', each [[TransformationTrinket Miraculous]] is based around a specific animal and its themes, and their wearers transform into superheroes or supervillains with outfits reflecting the particular animals. Their abilities have little or nothing to do with the real animals, aside from the black cat-themed Chat Noir having night vision and superior hearing as minor aspects of his powers (as well as claws). Instead, they each get generic superhuman strength, agility and durability, along with a set of unique supernatural powers loosely based on the animals' symbolic meanings -- Ladybug and Chat Noir being being good and bad luck, respectively.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', each [[TransformationTrinket Miraculous]] is based around a specific animal and its themes, and their wearers transform into superheroes or supervillains with outfits reflecting the particular animals. Their abilities have little or nothing to do with the real animals, aside from the black cat-themed Chat Noir having night vision and superior hearing as minor aspects of his powers (as well as claws). Instead, they each get generic superhuman strength, agility and durability, along with a set of unique supernatural powers loosely based on the animals' symbolic meanings -- Ladybug and Chat Noir being being good and bad luck, respectively.



!!!Mythical Monster Motif

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!!!Mythical !!Mythical Monster Motif



!!!All Animal Abilities

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!!!All !!All Animal Abilities
22nd Jan '18 3:06:53 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimaton/PJMasks'': The 3 hero's suits and superhero names are based on a cat, owl and gecko respectively. As for their powers, the trope is zigzagged. Catboy's super agility and sharp hearing, Gekko's ChameleonCamouflage, or Owlette's ability to fly and enhanced vision are powers one could expect from a hero with that animal motive, while other powers like Catboy's superspeed or Gekko's SuperStrength are not.
17th Jan '18 9:27:46 AM StFan
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* ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' has [[ClassClown the Flea]], who has wall-crawling abilities, a telepathic connection to bugs [[LittleBitBeastly and actual antennae]]. Also [[CaptainPatriotic American Eagle]], [[WingedHumanoid who has wings]].

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* ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' has ''ComicBook/PS238'':
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[[ClassClown the The Flea]], who has wall-crawling abilities, a telepathic connection to bugs [[LittleBitBeastly and actual antennae]]. antennae]].
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Also [[CaptainPatriotic American Eagle]], [[WingedHumanoid who has wings]].



* ''FanFic/{{Kitsune}}'' has the bee-themed Meliferra, in a yellow and black costume, and her real name being '''Bea'''trice Jenkins.

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* ''FanFic/{{Kitsune}}'' ''Fanfic/{{Kitsune}}'' has the bee-themed Meliferra, in a yellow and black costume, and her real name being '''Bea'''trice Jenkins.



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* AGeeksGuideDeathworldEarth features various "Templates", many of which are based on animals.

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* AGeeksGuideDeathworldEarth features various "Templates", many of which In the ''VideoGame/FZero'' series, we have Octoman who, as the name implies, has eight arms. When asked if he could be any animal, what would he be, he answered that he would be an elephant, oddly enough.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''[='s=] boss characters
are based on animals.all type I. Laughing Octopus's camouflage is similar to several species of octopi, for example.



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* In the VideoGame/FZero series, we have Octoman who, as the name implies, has eight arms. When asked if he could be any animal, what would he be, he answered that he would be an elephant, oddly enough.
* VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4's boss characters are all type I. Laughing Octopus's camouflage is similar to several species of octopi, for example.

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* In Blue Jay from [[Webcomic/HeroesUnite Heroes Unite/Heroes Alliance]] can transform into his namesake and also has a [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic screech attack]]. Also Kaine the VideoGame/FZero series, we have Octoman who, as White Tiger who is a [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent were-tiger]].
* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'': Parodied twice in
the name implies, has eight arms. When asked if he could be any animal, what would he be, he answered filler story "Stick-Figure Tales of Cotton". Torg's superhero origin story is that he would be was bitten by a radioactive rabbit and gained special powers: "I'm Lost All My Hair and Teeth Man!" But then some aliens cured him and actually gave him the "power of the bunny", and he became Captain Hippity, who could, uh, jump or something. Riff, on the other hand, didn't become an elephant, oddly enough.
actual animal-themed superhero, but the concept was parodied in his origin story, too: His parents were shot, Batman-style, whereupon he became "Orphan-Boy", with the proportional speed, strength and dexterity of someone without parents. (Then the aliens helped him become a real superhero too.)
* VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4's boss characters are all type I. Laughing Octopus's camouflage is similar Isla Grace from ''Webcomic/ProfessorAmazingAndTheIncredibleGoldenFox'': receives a fox-shaped engagement ring from her husband-to-be, Parker, which gifts her with the ability to several species transform into a fox (both anthropomorphic and full fox versions). She then feels it's only appropriate to put her new powers to use in the service of octopi, for example. her community.



* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the Avatar superpower means that you can hold a magical spirit and gain powers from it. Anyone holding an animal spirit falls into this: Kodiak has the powers of the bear; Silverwing has the powers of the eagle; Aquerna has the powers of the squirrel.

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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', the Avatar superpower means that you can hold a magical spirit and gain powers from it. Anyone holding an animal spirit falls into this: Kodiak has the powers of the bear; Silverwing has the powers of the eagle; Aquerna has the powers of the squirrel.
* ''Roleplay/AGeeksGuideDeathworldEarth'' features various "Templates", many of which are based on animals.



[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Blue Jay from [[Webcomic/HeroesUnite Heroes Unite/Heroes Alliance]] can transform into his namesake and also has a [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic screech attack]]. Also Kaine the White Tiger who is a [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent were-tiger]].
* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'': Parodied twice in the filler story "Stick-Figure Tales of Cotton". Torg's superhero origin story is that he was bitten by a radioactive rabbit and gained special powers: "I'm Lost All My Hair and Teeth Man!" But then some aliens cured him and actually gave him the "power of the bunny", and he became Captain Hippity, who could, uh, jump or something. Riff, on the other hand, didn't become an actual animal-themed superhero, but the concept was parodied in his origin story, too: His parents were shot, Batman-style, whereupon he became "Orphan-Boy", with the proportional speed, strength and dexterity of someone without parents. (Then the aliens helped him become a real superhero too.)
* Isla Grace from ''Webcomic/ProfessorAmazingAndTheIncredibleGoldenFox'': receives a fox-shaped engagement ring from her husband-to-be, Parker, which gifts her with the ability to transform into a fox (both anthropomorphic and full fox versions). She then feels it's only appropriate to put her new powers to use in the service of her community.
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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}, [[spoiler:Charles]] is given the code name "Greyhound" when he joins the rival SuperheroSchool, Praetorian Academy. In this case it seems [[NonIndicativeName entirely random]], as it has nothing to do with his [[spoiler:teleporting]] ability.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}, ''ComicBook/PS238'', [[spoiler:Charles]] is given the code name "Greyhound" when he joins the rival SuperheroSchool, Praetorian Academy. In this case it seems [[NonIndicativeName entirely random]], as it has nothing to do with his [[spoiler:teleporting]] ability.



* In the VideoGame/MetalGear series, every member of FoxHound, past or present, is Type II. Solid Snake, Grey Fox, Decoy Octopus, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven, Psycho Mantis. Some of these are superhuman, but none of their abilities fit the animal theme.

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* In the VideoGame/MetalGear ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series, every member of FoxHound, past or present, is Type II. Solid Snake, Grey Fox, Decoy Octopus, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven, Psycho Mantis. Some of these are superhuman, but none of their abilities fit the animal theme.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', each [[TransformationTrinket Miraculous]] is based around a specific animal and its themes, and their wearers transform into superheroes or supervillains with outfits reflecting the particular animals. Their abilities have little or nothing to do with the real animals, aside from the black cat-themed Chat Noir having night vision and superior hearing as minor aspects of his powers. Instead they each get generic superhuman strength, agility and durability, along with a set of unique supernatural powers loosely based on the animals' symbolic meanings.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', each [[TransformationTrinket Miraculous]] is based around a specific animal and its themes, and their wearers transform into superheroes or supervillains with outfits reflecting the particular animals. Their abilities have little or nothing to do with the real animals, aside from the black cat-themed Chat Noir having night vision and superior hearing as minor aspects of his powers. Instead powers (as well as claws). Instead, they each get generic superhuman strength, agility and durability, along with a set of unique supernatural powers loosely based on the animals' symbolic meanings.meanings -- Ladybug and Chat Noir being being good and bad luck, respectively.



* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' an adult hero with [[PlayingWithFire flame abilities]] is called Firedrake.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' ''ComicBook/PS238'', an adult hero with [[PlayingWithFire flame abilities]] is called Firedrake.



* ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' had a mystical character named Snowbird who could morph into any animal of her choosing ... provided it was native to Canada.

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* ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' had a mystical character named Snowbird who could morph into any animal of her choosing ...choosing... provided it was native to Canada.



** Series/KamenRiderBuild pairs various organic powers with inorganic ones, and the "organic" half is usually an animal. His options include Rabbit for speed and jumping, Gorilla for strength, Hawk for flight, Hedgehog for spikes, etc.

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** Series/KamenRiderBuild ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' pairs various organic powers with inorganic ones, and the "organic" half is usually an animal. His options include Rabbit for speed and jumping, Gorilla for strength, Hawk for flight, Hedgehog for spikes, etc.



* Jayna, one of the ComicBook/WonderTwins.

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* Jayna, one of the ComicBook/WonderTwins.ComicBook/WonderTwins, can turn into any animal as her half of their WonderTwinPowers.
1st Jan '18 5:18:27 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}},'' [[TheBrute Wolf]] of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Pack]] started as an Animal Alias, but became this when he willingly spliced himself with wolf DNA to become stronger.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', there's a villain group called The Pack who has canine-based personas: [[DarkActionGirl Fox]], [[TheBrute Wolf]], [[HeelFaceTurn Dingo]], [[CreepyTwin Jackal, Hyena]], and [[ActuallyADoombot Coyote]]. When offered a choice of upgrades, Wolf crossed into Type I by choosing the HalfHumanHybrid option. Also, in one episode, Fox was a werewolf... uh, werefox(?) due to the mystical amulet, The Eye of Odin.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', there's a villain group called The Pack who has canine-based personas: [[DarkActionGirl Fox]], [[TheBrute Wolf]], [[HeelFaceTurn Dingo]], [[CreepyTwin [[CreepyTwins Jackal, Hyena]], and [[ActuallyADoombot Coyote]]. When offered a choice of upgrades, Wolf crossed into Type I by choosing the HalfHumanHybrid option. Also, in one episode, Fox was a werewolf... uh, werefox(?) due to the mystical amulet, The Eye of Odin.
1st Jan '18 5:16:23 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', there's a villain group called The Pack who has canine-based personas: Fox, Wolf, Dingo, Jackal, Hyena, and Coyote. When offered a choice of upgrades, Wolf crossed into Type I by choosing the HalfHumanHybrid option. Also, for at least one episode, Fox was a werewolf... uh, werefox due to the mystical amulet, The Eye of Odin.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', there's a villain group called The Pack who has canine-based personas: Fox, Wolf, Dingo, [[DarkActionGirl Fox]], [[TheBrute Wolf]], [[HeelFaceTurn Dingo]], [[CreepyTwin Jackal, Hyena, Hyena]], and Coyote.[[ActuallyADoombot Coyote]]. When offered a choice of upgrades, Wolf crossed into Type I by choosing the HalfHumanHybrid option. Also, for at least in one episode, Fox was a werewolf... uh, werefox werefox(?) due to the mystical amulet, The Eye of Odin.



* The main characters of ''Animorphs'' in both the [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} books]] and [[Series/{{Animorphs}} TV series]] can, thanks to some alien AppliedPhlebotinum, transform into any animal they've acquired the DNA of for 2 hours. Acquiring the DNA is simply a matter of touching it for a few seconds, and the two hour limit is because any longer and they ModeLock.

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* The main characters ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is about a group of ''Animorphs'' in both the [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} books]] and [[Series/{{Animorphs}} TV series]] can, teenagers who, thanks to some alien AppliedPhlebotinum, transform into AppliedPhlebotinum given by a [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin dying alien]], can acquire DNA from any animal they've acquired the DNA of for 2 hours. Acquiring the DNA is simply a matter of touching they touch and then "morph" into it for a few seconds, and the up to two hour limit is because any longer and hours (after which they ModeLock.become {{Shapeshifter Mode Lock}}ed). They can morph into humans and even aliens as well.
1st Jan '18 5:11:07 PM JoeMerl
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** The rival school, Praetorian Academy, also has a kid named Greyhound ([[spoiler:Charles]]), but this seems to just be a [[NonIndicativeName randomly-assigned code name]]. The Veles arc also had an adult hero named [[PlayingWithFire Firedrake]].


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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}, [[spoiler:Charles]] is given the code name "Greyhound" when he joins the rival SuperheroSchool, Praetorian Academy. In this case it seems [[NonIndicativeName entirely random]], as it has nothing to do with his [[spoiler:teleporting]] ability.


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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' an adult hero with [[PlayingWithFire flame abilities]] is called Firedrake.
1st Jan '18 5:07:07 PM JoeMerl
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* ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}'' has [[ClassClown the Flea]], who has wall-crawling abilities, a telepathic connection to bugs [[LittleBitBeastly and actual antennae]]. Also [[CaptainPatriotic American Eagle]], [[WingedHumanoid who has wings]].
** The rival school, Praetorian Academy, also has a kid named Greyhound ([[spoiler:Charles]]), but this seems to just be a [[NonIndicativeName randomly-assigned code name]]. The Veles arc also had an adult hero named [[PlayingWithFire Firedrake]].
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