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29th Apr '17 10:00:34 PM Ambaryerno
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the ''protagonist'' serves as a mount to his NinjaButterfly while he is transformed into a wolf. Link himself rides a horse (or a ginormous boar on occasion).



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has a number of examples:
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In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the ''protagonist'' serves as a mount to his NinjaButterfly while he is transformed into a wolf. Link himself rides a horse (or a ginormous boar on occasion).
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' introduces Loftwings, large birds almost the entire culture of Skyloft is build around.
** Link is at it again in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. Besides the usual horses, there's Stalhorses, (skeletal undead horses) deer, desert-going seals chariot-style, [[BuffySpeak mythical mountain king ghost deer]], one of his [[BirdPeople Rito allies]],
and ''{{bears|are bad news}}''. And in some parts of Hyrule, ''Bokoblins'' ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep bears, turning them in a stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.into full-blown DemonicSpiders.
25th Apr '17 10:36:01 PM PaulA
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* Flinx in ''[[Creator/AlanDeanFoster For Love Of Mother-Not]]'' rides a stupava riding bird through the soggy forests of Moth, where its partially webbed feet come in handy for the muddy terrain.

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* Flinx in ''[[Creator/AlanDeanFoster For Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' novel ''For Love Of Mother-Not]]'' Mother-Not'' rides a stupava riding bird through the soggy forests of Moth, where its partially webbed feet come in handy for the muddy terrain.
20th Apr '17 10:34:44 AM MagnusForce
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'', they ride non-sentient birds. [[FurryConfusion The film also has a sentient hawk.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'', they ride non-sentient birds. [[FurryConfusion The film also has a sentient hawk.]]roadrunners.



* Aahz of the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series is too squat-bodied to comfortably ride a horse, so when he participates in a ritual hunt as security, he's given a hiphippohippus (similar to a skinny rhino) as a mount. The rider for one of the opposing teams in Jahk's Big Game was mounted on an armored hump-shaped creature with thousands of very tiny legs underneath, and no evident head or sense organs.
* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Petty Pewter Gods]]'', the Shayir pantheon's original believers were the Ox-Riders of Gritn. As their culture is long extinct, it's unclear if anyone in Garrett's world still rides oxen.
* It's not clear what the "horses" in ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'' by Creator/TerryPratchett actually ''are'', but given that they have compound eyes that change colour when they're frightened, and are ridden by people to whom [[MouseWorld a matchstick is an unending wall of wood]], they [[CallASmeerpARabbit certainly aren't horses]].
* The ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series by Creator/DavidWeber has an interesting variation. Dragons (massive hexapedal reptiles the size of buses) are used as heavy draft animals. Unlike most examples, they aren't replacing any terrestrial animal. Instead, dragons can haul loads no terrestrial critter could, making it practical to bring some truly titanic cannons on campaign.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** Horses exist, but they can only be found in one secluded corner of the continent, making them extremely valuable everywhere else. Nobles use them for travel and cavalry charges, but one of the most important parts of warfare is getting the horses out of the way immediately after their charge, because they're too valuable to leave in danger. The standard beast of burden is the chull, a placid giant crustacean with a rock-like shell that can be carved into a seat. They are slow and stupid, so many characters find horses far too intelligent and dangerous to bother riding.
** Then there are the Ryshadium, bigger and stronger horses that may or may not be sentient in their own right. They are intelligent enough to choose their own riders and refuse to accept any other. They need very little care, since they mostly look after themselves, but they are more rare than [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblades]] and [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]].
* ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' uses, unsurpringly, dinosaurs of all stripes, mostly hadrosauruses and deinonychuses, although larger beasts such as T-rexes, triceratopses or various sauropods are also ridden in and out of combat.



* Aahz of the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series is too squat-bodied to comfortably ride a horse, so when he participates in a ritual hunt as security, he's given a hiphippohippus (similar to a skinny rhino) as a mount. The rider for one of the opposing teams in Jahk's Big Game was mounted on an armored hump-shaped creature with thousands of very tiny legs underneath, and no evident head or sense organs.
* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Petty Pewter Gods]]'', the Shayir pantheon's original believers were the Ox-Riders of Gritn. As their culture is long extinct, it's unclear if anyone in Garrett's world still rides oxen.
* It's not clear what the "horses" in ''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'' by Creator/TerryPratchett actually ''are'', but given that they have compound eyes that change colour when they're frightened, and are ridden by people to whom [[MouseWorld a matchstick is an unending wall of wood]], they [[CallASmeerpARabbit certainly aren't horses]].
* The ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series by Creator/DavidWeber has an interesting variation. Dragons (massive hexapedal reptiles the size of buses) are used as heavy draft animals. Unlike most examples, they aren't replacing any terrestrial animal. Instead, dragons can haul loads no terrestrial critter could, making it practical to bring some truly titanic cannons on campaign.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** Horses exist, but they can only be found in one secluded corner of the continent, making them extremely valuable everywhere else. Nobles use them for travel and cavalry charges, but one of the most important parts of warfare is getting the horses out of the way immediately after their charge, because they're too valuable to leave in danger. The standard beast of burden is the chull, a placid giant crustacean with a rock-like shell that can be carved into a seat. They are slow and stupid, so many characters find horses far too intelligent and dangerous to bother riding.
** Then there are the Ryshadium, bigger and stronger horses that may or may not be sentient in their own right. They are intelligent enough to choose their own riders and refuse to accept any other. They need very little care, since they mostly look after themselves, but they are more rare than [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblades]] and [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]].
* ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' uses, unsurpringly, dinosaurs of all stripes, mostly hadrosauruses and deinonychuses, although larger beasts such as T-rexes, triceratopses or various sauropods are also ridden in and out of combat.
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17th Apr '17 11:07:58 PM Fuyumoto
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': There's Yama-usagi who rides a giant one-eyed frog, and then there is Mōba who rides ''a goddamn tea pot''. With legs ''and'' fangs.
11th Apr '17 7:20:15 AM tafelshrew
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* ''The Worldbreaker Saga'' by Creator/KameronHurley has various cultures fielding bear and dog cavalry (for additional weirdness the bears have forked tongues).
8th Apr '17 1:46:47 PM josho3000
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* ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' also makes no effort to hide the parodic nature of the [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Chuckuboo_Eternal_Blue.png 'Chuckuboo.']]
8th Apr '17 10:42:52 AM Abodos
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.
8th Apr '17 10:42:52 AM Abodos
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.
8th Apr '17 10:42:52 AM Abodos
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.
8th Apr '17 10:42:51 AM Abodos
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable).

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', you can tame and ride deer and ''bears'' (though you can't keep them in a stable).stable). In the [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo Desert]], you can also rent walrus-like Sand Seals that drag a shield-riding Link behind them.
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