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* The plot of the ''Anime/DogDays'' manga features Cinque wanting to harvest some honey for his tea. It's only after the expedition sets off that he finds out that honey in Flonyard doesn't come from bees... it comes from [[BearsAreBadNews bears]].
20th Jul '17 3:49:29 PM Ajoura
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* In ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' there is one moment the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers; all official information sources refer to it by this name.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'', there is one moment when the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers; all official information sources refer to it by this name.
20th Jul '17 3:48:58 PM Ajoura
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* In ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' at the moment the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers; all official information sources refer to it by this name.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' at the there is one moment the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers; all official information sources refer to it by this name.
20th Jul '17 3:48:31 PM Ajoura
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* In ''VideoGame/{{TheNeverhood}}'' at the moment the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers; all official information sources refer to it by this name.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{TheNeverhood}}'' ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' at the moment the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers; all official information sources refer to it by this name.
20th Jul '17 3:48:09 PM Ajoura
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* Heavily implied in ''VideoGame/{{Neverhood}}'' at the moment the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers.

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* Heavily implied in ''VideoGame/{{Neverhood}}'' In ''VideoGame/{{TheNeverhood}}'' at the moment the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers.pincers; all official information sources refer to it by this name.
20th Jul '17 3:46:55 PM Ajoura
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* Heavily implied in ''VideoGame/{{Neverhood}}'' at the moment the protagonist finds a music box. Upon examination, it plays first three bars from "Pop Goes the Weasel". Then the box stops playing... and a weasel appears right behind the protagonist, accompanied with the fourth bar. Said "weasel" is a freakish green crustacean-like mess of pincers.
30th Jun '17 6:20:11 PM AmuckMare
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** Every last large cat species in the game, from lions to tigers to panthers, also have large saber teeth (with the exception of the tigers on Pandaria).

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** Every last large cat species in the game, from lions to tigers to panthers, also have large saber teeth (with the exception of the tigers on Pandaria).Pandaria and the Salhet's lions).
18th Jun '17 1:59:14 AM Benbeasted
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* Wildmutt from the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise is referred to as a dog, which is pretty reasonable except it has ape arms, gills (that, somehow, help with echolocation), and neither eyes nor ears.
21st May '17 2:19:52 AM StFan
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* The [[HorseOfADifferentColor "horseclaws"]] from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' are large flightless birds used for transportation AfterTheEnd. In the manga, one of the older characters mentions hearing of a time when the word "horse" described a ''mammal''. Nausicaä looks shocked.
** It's even more blatant in the original Japanese, where they're simply called "horses".

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* The [[HorseOfADifferentColor "horseclaws"]] from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' are large flightless birds used for transportation AfterTheEnd. In the manga, one of the older characters mentions hearing of a time when the word "horse" described a ''mammal''. Nausicaä looks shocked.
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shocked. It's even more blatant in the original Japanese, where they're simply called "horses".



* ''Manga/RaveMaster''

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* ''Manga/RaveMaster''''Manga/RaveMaster'':



-->'''Itsuki:''' (''panicking'') You said it was a dog!\\
'''Nekoyashiki:''' (''very calmly'') [[http://blog.seiha.org/images/rental1/rental1%20%2815%29.jpg A mammal on four legs with sharp teeth that barks]]. If I don't call it a dog, what else should I call it?

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-->'''Itsuki:''' (''panicking'') ''[panicking]'' You said it was a dog!\\
'''Nekoyashiki:''' (''very calmly'') ''[very calmly]'' [[http://blog.seiha.org/images/rental1/rental1%20%2815%29.jpg A mammal on four legs with sharp teeth that barks]]. If I don't call it a dog, what else should I call it?



** Also [[CheerfulChild Boo]] calls the Hulking monster Sully "Kitty!".

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** Also [[CheerfulChild Boo]] calls the Hulking monster Sully "Kitty!"."Kitty!"



-->'''Gru:''' He's my... (''searches for a word'') ...dog.

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-->'''Gru:''' He's my... (''searches ''[searches for a word'') ...word]'' ...dog.



* ''{{Zathura}}'': "It's just a goat..."
* In ''{{Film/Willow}}'', Queen Bavmorda's vaguely canine hunting beasts look more like giant furry/scaly warthogs but are consistently referred to as "dogs". Probably because "hunting pigs" sounded silly and they were using dressed-up Rottweilers anyway.
* The non-flying steeds ridden by Na'Vi in ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' are six-limbed blue nectar-eaters that breathe through opercula on their chests. While technically dubbed "direhorses" by humans, they get called "horses" for short a lot.
* ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}}'': "OK... so... She's a dog." (Technically, a demon dog, but...)

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* ''{{Zathura}}'': "It's just a goat..."
* In ''{{Film/Willow}}'', ''Film/{{Willow}}'', Queen Bavmorda's vaguely canine hunting beasts look more like giant furry/scaly warthogs but are consistently referred to as "dogs". Probably because "hunting pigs" sounded silly and they were using dressed-up Rottweilers anyway.
* The non-flying steeds ridden by Na'Vi in ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' are six-limbed blue nectar-eaters that breathe through opercula on their chests. While technically dubbed "direhorses" by humans, they get called "horses" for short a lot.
* ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}}'': ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'': "OK... so... She's a dog." (Technically, a demon dog, but...)



* Actually mentioned by name in Creator/MikeResnick's short story "Stalking the Unicorn with Gun and Camera", e.g. in the following line: "A word of warning about the smerp: with its long ears and cute fuzzy body, it resembles nothing more than an oversized rabbit--but calling a smerp a rabbit doesn't make it one." This is probably a ShoutOut to James Blish's original "Call a Rabbit a Smeerp".

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* Actually mentioned by name in Creator/MikeResnick's short story "Stalking the Unicorn with Gun and Camera", e.g. in the following line: "A word of warning about the smerp: with its long ears and cute fuzzy body, it resembles nothing more than an oversized rabbit--but rabbit -- but calling a smerp a rabbit doesn't make it one." This is probably a ShoutOut to James Blish's original "Call a Rabbit a Smeerp".



* Creator/TerryPratchett's first novel, ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'', does this for just about everything but silverfish. Horses have colour-changing multifaceted eyes, among other things.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett's first novel, ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'', does this for just about everything but silverfish. Horses have colour-changing color-changing multifaceted eyes, among other things.



* Asimov's novel ''{{Literature/Nightfall}}'' is preceded by a foreword explaining that the characters, creatures, etc., are technically alien, but would be described in Earth terms to avoid CallARabbitASmeerp.
* Franchise/CthulhuMythos
** One of Shub-Niggurath's titles is "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young". [[EldritchAbomination You'd be hard pressed to find anything less like a goat]]. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Shub-Niggurath.jpg It looks like this]]. Notice the people at the bottom of the image. Most depictions of her have some hoof-like protrusions in some of her tentacles. Considering that most who see her in the flesh don't survive, it's possible that she was named after the tracks she leaves when summoned. It is also possible that the "goat" appellation was a reference to its promiscuity--there are other places and situations where a libidinous individual or critter is called a goat--like a dirty old man being called a "randy old goat".

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* Asimov's novel ''{{Literature/Nightfall}}'' ''Literature/{{Nightfall}}'' is preceded by a foreword explaining that the characters, creatures, etc., are technically alien, but would be described in Earth terms to avoid CallARabbitASmeerp.
* Franchise/CthulhuMythos
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** One of Shub-Niggurath's titles is "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young". [[EldritchAbomination You'd be hard pressed to find anything less like a goat]]. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Shub-Niggurath.jpg It looks like this]]. Notice the people at the bottom of the image. Most depictions of her have some hoof-like protrusions in some of her tentacles. Considering that most who see her in the flesh don't survive, it's possible that she was named after the tracks she leaves when summoned. It is also possible that the "goat" appellation was a reference to its promiscuity--there promiscuity -- there are other places and situations where a libidinous individual or critter is called a goat--like goat, like a dirty old man being called a "randy old goat".



* Toto, the [[SmallAnnoyingCreature alien]] [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter pet]] in Helen Weinbaum's short story "Honeycombed Satellite," is a three-legged creature with a roughly tetrahedral body, a simian face, rabbit-like ears, and a habit of parroting any sound that he hears. He's also [[BizarreAlienBiology photosynthetic]]. The main characters nonetheless insist that he's a puppy.

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* Toto, the [[SmallAnnoyingCreature alien]] [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter pet]] in Helen Weinbaum's short story "Honeycombed Satellite," Satellite", is a three-legged creature with a roughly tetrahedral body, a simian face, rabbit-like ears, and a habit of parroting any sound that he hears. He's also [[BizarreAlienBiology photosynthetic]]. The main characters nonetheless insist that he's a puppy.



* One early scene in [[Creator/ChinaMieville China Miéville's]] ''{{Literature/Embassytown}}'' all but outright states that human colonists habitually do this to the native animals of colonized worlds, and that the alien creature refereed to as a rabbit on one world may bear as little resemblance to the alien creature refereed to as a rabbit on another as it does to an actual rabbit.
--> '''Scile:''' "That's not what we call a dog where I come from"

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* One early scene in [[Creator/ChinaMieville China Miéville's]] Creator/ChinaMieville's ''{{Literature/Embassytown}}'' all but outright states that human colonists habitually do this to the native animals of colonized worlds, and that the alien creature refereed to as a rabbit on one world may bear as little resemblance to the alien creature refereed to as a rabbit on another as it does to an actual rabbit.
--> '''Scile:''' "That's -->'''Scile:''' That's not what we call a dog where I come from"from.



* In Creator/JoeHaldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', Mandela refers to a marine animal that the residents "[[SarcasmMode in a fit of originality]], named the 'shark.'"

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* In Creator/JoeHaldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', Mandela refers to a marine animal that the residents "[[SarcasmMode in a fit of originality]], named the 'shark.'"'shark'."



* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', the Goa'uld {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s are frequently called "worms" or "snakes", though those are derogatory terms not meant to be descriptive. For a start they are vertebrates, therefore they aren't worms. They also have fins, and when not engaging in parasitism their natural habitats are bodies of water -- so they are closer to eel-like fish (though with three eyes distributed around the head).

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* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', the Goa'uld {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s are frequently called "worms" or "snakes", though those are derogatory terms not meant to be descriptive. For a start starter they are vertebrates, therefore they aren't worms. They also have fins, and when not engaging in parasitism their natural habitats are bodies of water -- so they are closer to eel-like fish (though with three eyes distributed around the head).



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':



* ''{{Toys/Bionicle}}'' often used this, mostly in its early years:

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* ''{{Toys/Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' often used this, mostly in its early years:



* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':



* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}''''VideoGame/HalfLife''



* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'':



* ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' has Poochy, a sort of... canine/amphibian hybrid thing with huge lips, no ears and a tongue nearly the size of the rest of its body. It's simply referred to as a "dog" in-game.
* There's also Ravens, which look like pudgy, vaguely avian wingless blobs with feet, and Buzzy Beetles, which neither buzz nor are they insects (instead being more like turtles).

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
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''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' has Poochy, a sort of... canine/amphibian hybrid thing with huge lips, no ears and a tongue nearly the size of the rest of its body. It's simply referred to as a "dog" in-game.
* ** There's also Ravens, which look like pudgy, vaguely avian wingless blobs with feet, and Buzzy Beetles, which neither buzz nor are they insects (instead being more like turtles).



* In ''{{VideoGame/Pikmin}}'', Captain Olimar crash lands on a strange world and comes up with names - common ''and'' scientific - for many of the plants and animals. A whole family of creatures get christened "[[http://www.pikminwiki.com/Red_Bulborb Bulborbs]]" because Olimar thinks they look like his ''pet dog'', Bulbie.
** To clarify, it's not so much that THESE Smeerps are being called Rabbits: It's that the ones on his own planet are. The series of shorts Miyamoto directed about Pikmin help clarify this, where one of the main characters was eating one of the Pikpik carrots that named the creatures the series is named after. They do indeed look like them. [[MindScrew Which makes even LESS sense.]]

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Pikmin}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'', Captain Olimar crash lands on a strange world and comes up with names - -- common ''and'' scientific - -- for many of the plants and animals. A whole family of creatures get christened "[[http://www.pikminwiki.com/Red_Bulborb Bulborbs]]" because Olimar thinks they look like his ''pet dog'', Bulbie.
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Bulbie. To clarify, it's not so much that THESE Smeerps are being called Rabbits: It's that the ones on his own planet are. The series of shorts Miyamoto directed about Pikmin help clarify this, where one of the main characters was eating one of the Pikpik carrots that named the creatures the series is named after. They do indeed look like them. [[MindScrew Which makes even LESS sense.]]



* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has mammoths with two pairs of tusks (it stands out, as the other two almost-but-not-quite-Earth animals have Smeerpy names). It also continues a mineral variant of this trope, with ebony being a hard mineral rather wood, and malachite, quicksilver and moonstone being similar to their Earth selves, but ''much'' more useful for smithing.
** The quicksilver (mercury) is used in the form of ingots. Apparently Skyrim is ''much'' colder than it looks. Also, the corundum is a coppery-looking metal rather than rubies or sapphires (and in RealLife, the metal you can get from corundum is silvery—since it's aluminum).

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
** The game
has mammoths with two pairs of tusks (it stands out, as the other two almost-but-not-quite-Earth animals have Smeerpy names). names).
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It also continues a mineral variant of this trope, with ebony being a hard mineral rather wood, and malachite, quicksilver and moonstone being similar to their Earth selves, but ''much'' more useful for smithing.
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smithing. The quicksilver (mercury) is used in the form of ingots. Apparently ingots; apparently Skyrim is ''much'' colder than it looks. Also, the corundum is a coppery-looking metal rather than rubies or sapphires (and in RealLife, the metal you can get from corundum is silvery—since silvery, since it's aluminum).



* The "Iguanadon" of ''Videogame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat'' is a giant Geko with hair.

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* The "Iguanadon" of ''Videogame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat'' is a giant Geko with hair.



* In ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'', pretty much all animals in the setting function under this. Dogs look like pitbulls with crocodilian heads, whales have tentacles, rats travel in swarms like bugs, and that's not even getting into the bizarre things living over on Pandyssia. WordOfGod noted that the design team wanted the animals to look identifiable but subtly alien, like an animalistic version of UncannyValley.

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', pretty much all animals in the setting function under this. Dogs look like pitbulls with crocodilian heads, whales have tentacles, rats travel in swarms like bugs, and that's not even getting into the bizarre things living over on Pandyssia. WordOfGod noted that the design team wanted the animals to look identifiable but subtly alien, like an animalistic version of UncannyValley.



* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt''

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* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt''''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'':



* ''The Wiki/SCPFoundation'''s SCP-682 is known as the [[NighInvulnerable Hard-to-Destroy]] Reptile. While it may ''look'' reptillian, it's actually [[EldritchAbomination something so alien]] that [[HumansThroughAlienEyes it sees Earth lifeforms as horrific monstrosities]] [[AbsoluteXenophobe that must be killed]].

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* ''The Wiki/SCPFoundation'''s SCP-682 is known as the [[NighInvulnerable Hard-to-Destroy]] Reptile. While it may ''look'' reptillian, reptilian, it's actually [[EldritchAbomination something so alien]] that [[HumansThroughAlienEyes it sees Earth lifeforms as horrific monstrosities]] [[AbsoluteXenophobe that must be killed]].



* Website/{{ClickHole}}'s "[[http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/when-i-started-writing-game-thrones-i-didnt-know-w-292 When I Started Writing 'Game Of Thrones,' I Didn't Know What Horses Looked Like]]" features Creator/GeorgeRRMartin confessing that he didn't know what horses actually looked like when he started writing, and accidentally ended up with this trope in his attempts to write around his ignorance.

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* Website/{{ClickHole}}'s "[[http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/when-i-started-writing-game-thrones-i-didnt-know-w-292 When I Started Writing 'Game ''Game Of Thrones,' Thrones'', I Didn't Know What Horses Looked Like]]" features Creator/GeorgeRRMartin confessing that he didn't know what horses actually looked like when he started writing, and accidentally ended up with this trope in his attempts to write around his ignorance.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':



-->'''Aang''': You mean platypus-bear?
-->'''Katara''': No, it just says "bear".
-->'''Sokka''': Certainly you mean his pet skunk-bear.
-->'''Toph''': Or his armadillo-bear!
-->'''Aang''': Gopher-bear?
-->'''Katara''': Just... bear.
-->'''Toph''': This place is weird.

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-->'''Aang''': --->'''Aang:''' You mean platypus-bear?
-->'''Katara''':
platypus-bear?\\
'''Katara:'''
No, it just says "bear".
-->'''Sokka''':
"bear".\\
'''Sokka:'''
Certainly you mean his pet skunk-bear.
-->'''Toph''':
skunk-bear.\\
'''Toph:'''
Or his armadillo-bear!
-->'''Aang''': Gopher-bear?
-->'''Katara''':
armadillo-bear!\\
'''Aang:''' Gopher-bear?\\
'''Katara:'''
Just... bear.
-->'''Toph''':
bear.\\
'''Toph:'''
This place is weird.



* Cerbee from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Everyone refers to him as a dog. He barks like a dog, is [[Myth/ClassicalMythology named after a dog]], and does several dog things, but he's a small, one eyed horned monster who, other than having four legs, looks little like a dog.
** Also the Weevils. Real weevils are a type of beetle. The weevils in Jimmy Two Shoes are furry chipmunk like rodents. There is actually a reason behind the name-it's a combination of "weasel" and "evil".

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* Cerbee from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Everyone ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'':
** Cerbee; everyone
refers to him as a dog. He barks like a dog, is [[Myth/ClassicalMythology named after a dog]], and does several dog things, things -- but he's a small, one eyed one-eyed horned monster who, other than having four legs, looks little like a dog.
** Also the Weevils. Real weevils are a type of beetle. The weevils in Jimmy Two Shoes ''Jimmy Two-Shoes'' are furry chipmunk like chipmunk-like rodents. There is actually a reason behind the name-it's name -- it's a combination of "weasel" and "evil".



* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' as a whole is an example when you look at it closely. They might be roughly equine-shaped, but giving the moniker of "ponies" to creatures that are sapient, multicolored, with magical tattoos gained at puberty is a stretch once everything is taken into consideration. This is perhaps more pronounced with G3.5 and G4 ponies, who as many horse lovers can tell you, only ''barely'' resembles anything equine.

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* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' as a whole is an example when you look at it closely. They might be roughly equine-shaped, but giving the moniker of "ponies" to creatures that are sapient, multicolored, with magical tattoos gained at puberty is puberty... it's a stretch once everything is taken into consideration. This is perhaps more pronounced with G3.5 and G4 ponies, who as many horse lovers can tell you, only ''barely'' resembles anything equine.
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** That said, Norwegian dialects use to differ between the "earth apple" (the Potato) and the "sweet apple" (the regular apple). This lexical use came about years before the sweet potato arrived i Norway.

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** That said, Norwegian dialects use to differ between the "earth apple" (the Potato) and the "sweet apple" (the regular apple). This lexical use came about years before the sweet potato arrived i in Norway.
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