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This trope, along with PredatorsAreMean, are by far the most common approach to CarnivoreConfusion in fiction. Basically, all the villains are carnivores and all the herbivores, particularly if [[TalkingAnimal they can talk]], are heroes.

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This trope, along with PredatorsAreMean, are by far the most a fairly common approach to CarnivoreConfusion in fiction. Basically, all the villains are carnivores and all the herbivores, particularly if [[TalkingAnimal they can talk]], are heroes.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' plays it {{Zig Zag|ged}}s it. Eliza easily makes friends with plenty of herbivorous animals, but she also encounters some aggressive ones as well, such as hippos and water buffalo which are true.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' plays it {{Zig Zag|ged}}s it. Eliza easily makes friends with plenty of herbivorous animals, but she also encounters some aggressive ones as well, such as hippos and water buffalo which are true.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' plays it {{Zig Zag}}s it. Eliza easily makes friends with plenty of herbivorous animals, but she also encounters some aggressive ones as well, such as hippos and water buffalo which are true.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' plays it {{Zig Zag}}s Zag|ged}}s it. Eliza easily makes friends with plenty of herbivorous animals, but she also encounters some aggressive ones as well, such as hippos and water buffalo which are true.
6th Feb '17 6:52:32 PM BURGINABC
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* In ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', [[FriendToAllLivingThings Snow White]] quickly gains the sympathy of a large group of ForestCreatures, who do everything they can to help her. Nearly all of them are herbivores, with the sole exception of a couple of raccoons.

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* In ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', [[FriendToAllLivingThings Snow White]] quickly gains the sympathy of a large group of ForestCreatures, WoodlandCreatures, who do everything they can to help her. Nearly all of them are herbivores, with the sole exception of a couple of raccoons.
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* In ''Literature/EdenGreen'', needle monsters from another dimension invade an Arkansas city. Most are predators, but at least one species is herbivorous and forms into harmless herds when left alone. However, when spooked, they form dangerous stampedes, and the 'bulls' are territorial and potentially dangerous.
* In her [[http://www.twilightlexicon.com/2007/05/20/personal-correspondence-12/ Personal Correspondence 12]], Creator/StephenieMeyer appears to think this. She uses cattle and rabbits being killed by farmers as a comparison to how powerless humans are against the vampires of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
--> Letís go with the herd of cows analogy. Letís say these cows are aware Farmer Bob is slaughtering cows in his slaughterhouse. What can they do? They donít have the physical ability to track him in his world and punish him. Maybe, if theyíre really lucky, they can catch him off guard without his gun or truck and trample him. But in that scenario, cows representing humanity actually makes them more powerful than is correct. It would be more like bunnies [...] So youíve got a bunch of rabbits being killed whenever Farmer Bob is in the mood for rabbit stew. What can they do to bring him to justice? Answer: nada.
6th Feb '17 6:35:26 PM BURGINABC
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''. The grasshoppers (herbivorous insects) are villains and the ants (omnivorous insects) are good.
* Definitely averted in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', where "prey" animals are just as likely to be mean as "predator" animals, as seen with the blunt, aloof, and harsh buffalo, [[DaChief Chief Bogo]]; the angry and prejudiced elephant, Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.; and Doug the ram, who is described by Duke Weaselton as "the opposite of friendly."



** ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' averts this, as the ''Stegosaurus'' are ''very'' dangerous when they think someone is messing with their infant, or the ''Pachycephalosaurus'', which rams a few people straight ''through'' a Jeep with its head. The [=InGen=] camp is also torn apart largely by herbivorous dinosaurs released from their cages.
** The ''Film/JurassicWorld'' website lists almost all of its herbivores as having low aggression, with the exception of the armor-plated ''Ankylosaurus'', whose aggression is listed as "medium". [[InvokedTrope Then again, they may have been gene-designed to be more docile to comply with visitor expectations.]]

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** ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' averts this, as the ''Stegosaurus'' are ''very'' dangerous when they think someone is messing with their infant, or the ''Pachycephalosaurus'', which rams a few people straight ''through'' a Jeep with its head. The [=InGen=] camp is also torn apart largely by herbivorous dinosaurs released from their cages.
** The ''Film/JurassicWorld'' website lists almost all of its herbivores as having low aggression, with the exception of the armor-plated ''Ankylosaurus'', whose aggression is listed as "medium". [[InvokedTrope Then again, they may have been gene-designed genetically modified to be more docile to comply with visitor expectations.]]



* Averted on ''Series/TheJeffCorwinExperience''. Jeff frequently pointed out to viewers that large herbivores, such as elephants and hippos, are far more likely to kill you than the most feared of African predators.
* Notably averted in ''Series/AnimalFaceOff''. While it seems that all PredatorsAreMean on the show, the elephant, rhino, hippo, and gorilla aren't any more pleasant.

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* Averted on ''Series/TheJeffCorwinExperience''. Jeff frequently pointed out to viewers that large herbivores, such as elephants and hippos, are far more likely to kill you than the most feared of African predators.
* Notably averted in ''Series/AnimalFaceOff''. While it seems that all PredatorsAreMean on the show, the elephant, rhino, hippo, and gorilla aren't any more pleasant.



* Averted and discussed in ''Literature/LifeOfPi'' when Pi's zookeeper father gives Pi and Ravi an {{Anvilicious}} lesson that all of the animals in the zoo are dangerous, even the herbivores. He concludes the lesson with a straight example by letting them play with the harmless guinea pigs.
* Averted in the original ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' (not the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] version). The elephant Hathi was an aggressive elephant, who once destroyed a village in revenge. Mowgli then persuades him to do the same in the human village, because Buldeo threatened to kill Messua and her husband, Mowgli's human foster parents.
* Averted in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' with rabbits, as many of them are aggressive and will rip each other apart in a fight.
* Averted in Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series. Puppeteers are descended from skittish herd animals, and while this means that they're personally {{Dirty Coward}}s, it also means that they're deceitful, paranoid and xenophobic. The carnivorous Kzinti hold this as a belief; herbivorous animals are inherently weak and stupid. After all, "you don't need brains to sneak up on a leaf!" This belief has backfired spectacularly in their faces on many occasions, such as the "plant giants" of Ringworld, [[HumansAreWarriors humans]], and the previously mentioned Puppeteers.

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* Averted and discussed in ''Literature/LifeOfPi'' when Pi's zookeeper father gives Pi and Ravi an {{Anvilicious}} lesson that all of the animals in the zoo are dangerous, even the herbivores. He concludes the lesson with a straight example by letting them play with the harmless guinea pigs.
* Averted in the original ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' (not the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] version). The elephant Hathi was an aggressive elephant, who once destroyed a village in revenge. Mowgli then persuades him to do the same in the human village, because Buldeo threatened to kill Messua and her husband, Mowgli's human foster parents.
* Averted in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' with rabbits, as many of them are aggressive and will rip each other apart in a fight.
* Averted in Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series. Puppeteers are descended from skittish herd animals, and while this means that they're personally {{Dirty Coward}}s, it also means that they're deceitful, paranoid and xenophobic. The carnivorous Kzinti hold this as a belief; herbivorous animals are inherently weak and stupid. After all, "you don't need brains to sneak up on a leaf!" This belief has backfired spectacularly in their faces on many occasions, such as the "plant giants" of Ringworld, [[HumansAreWarriors humans]], and the previously mentioned Puppeteers.



* ''Literature/TunnelInTheSky'' averts this. Rod sees a herd of antelope-like herbivores but keeps his distance knowing that a herd with hooves and horns is still dangerous.



* ''Literature/RaptorRed'' averts this one. The main viewpoint characters are carnivores, and they have to work ''hard'' for their meals against wary and violent prey. Some herbivores they won't even touch outside of extremely unusual circumstances because of how good their defenses are. And woe betide the predator who encounters an unknown herbivore who doesn't fear them: it usually means they have a deadly trick the carnivore doesn't know about until it's too late.
* Averted when time gets shattered in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'': both the hippo that confronts Susan and the mammoth that confronts Lu-Tze are described as dangerous, just not ''quite'' as dangerous as the humans involved.
* Discussed and averted in ''Last Chance To See'' by Creator/DouglasAdams, which in addition to the obvious big mammals, notes that the wild animal that kills most people in Africa is the ''ostrich''.



* Played straight and averted in the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' series. Most herbivores, like Aptonoths, really are friendly and peaceful. Herbivore bossmonsters like Diablos? [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Not so much]].

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* Played straight and averted ZigZagged in the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' series. Most herbivores, like Aptonoths, really are friendly and peaceful. Herbivore bossmonsters like Diablos? [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Not so much]].



* Averted with the gurns, druffalo and brontos in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition.'' They won't attacked if they aren't provoked, but they'll fight tooth and nail if wounded.

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* Averted Downplayed with the gurns, druffalo and brontos in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition.'' They won't attacked if they aren't provoked, but they'll fight tooth and nail if wounded.



* [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/when-herbivores-attack Averted]] by ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' ... line-of-sight is an important thing to consider when around large animals.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' plays it straight and averts it. Eliza easily makes friends with plenty of herbivorous animals, but she also encounters some aggressive ones as well, such as hippos and water buffalo which are true.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' plays it straight and averts {{Zig Zag}}s it. Eliza easily makes friends with plenty of herbivorous animals, but she also encounters some aggressive ones as well, such as hippos and water buffalo which are true.
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* In ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', Snow White has deer, rabbits, squirrels, songbirds, and a [[TurtlePower tortoise]] helping her work.

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* In ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', [[FriendToAllLivingThings Snow White has deer, rabbits, squirrels, songbirds, and White]] quickly gains the sympathy of a [[TurtlePower tortoise]] helping her work.large group of ForestCreatures, who do everything they can to help her. Nearly all of them are herbivores, with the sole exception of a couple of raccoons.
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* Often averted and subverted with the recurring buffalo in the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' movies and TV series. Played straight with the recurring rabbits though.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', Tiger, a VegetarianCarnivore, is the only nice cat in the film. He befriends Fievel, a mouse, after confessing that his favorite food is broccoli.
* Unlike most sharks, Lenny from ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' is actually a vegetarian and is also pretty friendly since he doesn't want to hurt other fish. That doesn't stop the fish from being scared of him though.
** He also tries to befriend the other fish by masquerading as a dolphin. Dolphins are carnivores too. (They're also a great deal nastier than most people would believe, as they routinely conduct rape, sexual coercion, and pleasure killing.)
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Sometimes, the nice, friendly herbivore is actually a VegetarianCarnivore.
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