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20th Jul '16 8:50:53 PM nombretomado
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* The Rudewood's hotchi in Main/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'' ride oversized chickens. They also use these oversized, highly aggressive roosters in gladitorial cockfights.

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* The Rudewood's hotchi in Main/ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'' ride oversized chickens. They also use these oversized, highly aggressive roosters in gladitorial gladiatorial cockfights.
19th Jul '16 6:10:04 AM GreymanMSC
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* ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'''s Cinnibar Army's mounts are over-sized riding dogs.
13th Jul '16 9:40:04 AM intastiel
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'''s world of Roshar has extremely HostileWeather, so the main draught animals are giant insects called Chull.
10th Jul '16 12:32:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheGeneral'' series, giant dogs take the place of horses, adding an extra dimension to cavalry combat.
10th Jul '16 12:31:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* In SMStirling's and DavidDrake's "TheGeneral" series of SF novels, the stranded inhabitants on the fallen colony of Bellevue ride genetically engineered giant dogs instead of horses. The native wildlife (Velociraptors) was hostile enough that horses weren't considered viable, but a 1200-pound Doberman the size of a draft horse was. Biological implausibilities were gleefully ignored although it's mentioned in passing that modifications were made to their spines to enable them to bear the weight of a rider.

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* In SMStirling's Creator/SMStirling's and DavidDrake's Creator/DavidDrake's "TheGeneral" series of SF novels, the stranded inhabitants on the fallen colony of Bellevue ride genetically engineered giant dogs instead of horses. The native wildlife (Velociraptors) was hostile enough that horses weren't considered viable, but a 1200-pound Doberman the size of a draft horse was. Biological implausibilities were gleefully ignored although it's mentioned in passing that modifications were made to their spines to enable them to bear the weight of a rider.



* The Skybax Riders of ''{{Dinotopia}}'', who train and fly on huge Pterosaurs, rest very proudly in the realm of the RuleOfCool.

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* The Skybax Riders of ''{{Dinotopia}}'', ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'', who train and fly on huge Pterosaurs, rest very proudly in the realm of the RuleOfCool.



* In the DorianHawkmoon trilogy by Creator/MichaelMoorcock (also known as the History of the Runestaff), there are flamethrower-wielding warriors who ride ''giant flamingos''.

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* In the DorianHawkmoon ''Literature/DorianHawkmoon'' trilogy by Creator/MichaelMoorcock (also known as the History of the Runestaff), there are flamethrower-wielding warriors who ride ''giant flamingos''.



* In Literature/TheGeneral series, giant dogs take the place of horses, adding an extra dimension to cavalry combat.

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* In Literature/TheGeneral ''TheGeneral'' series, giant dogs take the place of horses, adding an extra dimension to cavalry combat.
8th Jul '16 9:39:32 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/DogDays'' has cellkulls, who are about as close to chocobos as you can get with violating copyright. They normally can't fly, but can be granted that ability through the use of seal spells.
6th Jul '16 10:44:01 PM FarseerLolotea
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* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TrueHistory'' by Lucian, the king of the Moon rides on a vultuplant merged with a horse, and you'll get the idea).
* 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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* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TrueHistory'' by Lucian, the king of the Moon rides on a vultuplant merged with a horse, vulture-horse.
* Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' trilogy has domesticated elephant-sized dinosaurs which the U.S. destroyer crews, not knowing the "brontosaurus" was actually an apatosaurus, think of as miniature brontosaurs
and you'll get call "brontosarries."
* In "The Atlantean Age", a setting book for [[HeroSystem Fantasy Hero]],
the idea).
* 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
Tellat Empire fields units mounted on an armored hump-shaped creature "battledons" -- take a rhino, make it 50% bigger, and add extra horns, claws, and bad attitude. Meanwhile the Hazarians look almost normal 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 knights 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]].
plate armor riding giant wolves.
* The ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' ''Literature/PlanetOfAdventure'' series by Creator/DavidWeber Creator/JackVance has an interesting variation. Dragons (massive hexapedal reptiles "leap-horses" as 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
native substitute quadruped. They have heads resembling a horned tapir and cavalry charges, but one of the most important parts of warfare is getting the horses out of the way immediately after exaggeratedly long necks as shown [[http://membres.multimania.fr/jackvance/covers/tschai1v.jpg here]]. As their charge, because they're too valuable to leave in danger. The standard beast name implies their motion is more of burden is the chull, a placid giant crustacean with a rock-like shell bounding motion that can be carved into a seat. They are slow and stupid, so many characters find horses far too intelligent and dangerous horse-like gait. All in all riding one sounds like a fast-track to bother riding.
** Then there are the Ryshadium, bigger and stronger horses that
lower back problems.
* Creatures called "chimelos," which [[CallARabbitASmeerp
may or may not be sentient in their own right. They dromedaries]], are intelligent enough used as mounts by desert-dwellers in ''[[Literature/{{Indigo}} Infanta]]''.
* John Maddox Roberts's ''Stormlands'' series has "cabos" (the word is implied
to choose their own riders be derived from the Spanish ''caballo''; essentially four-horned horses) and refuse "humpers" (basically camels, only with horns and tusks).
* The Lorini in ''StarTrekExMachina'' use animals resembling protoceratopians as beasts of burden.
* The Hokas in The Earthman's Burden use large, dinosaur-isque lizards as mounts. Particullarly apparent in the first story, in which the influence of the WildWest has even led them
to accept any other. They need very little care, since they mostly look after themselves, but call them "ponies".
* Gargants in Jim Butcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, are mentioned in the first book, but, aside from being the size of a freakin' minivan, not described until the second. WordOfGod says
they are more rare than [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblades]] related to giant ground sloths (which went extinct sometime around the end of the Ice Age in real life).
** In books five
and [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]].
six, we see Canea, the Canim homeland, and their riding beasts the "taurga" [singular "taurg"], creatures that are depicted as fairly bull-like (with some rabbit-ish features), extremely large (they're cavalry for wolf-warriors that can reach 9 or 10 feet in height, with proportional weight), incredibly ill-tempered, and enthusiastically omnivorous.
* ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' uses, unsurpringly, The MythAdventures series has featured some pretty bizarre mounts, including the hiphippohippus (think: rhino slimmed down for agility) ridden by Aahz in "Myth-ter Right", or the many-legged armored beast (think: glyptodont with millipede feet) used by the Ta-hoe team's rider in ''Myth Directions''.
* Asides from the above mentioned Skybaxes of ''{{Dinotopia}}'',
dinosaurs of all stripes, mostly hadrosauruses and deinonychuses, although larger beasts such as T-rexes, triceratopses or various sauropods are also ridden in frequently seen being used as mounts.
* The ''Literature/DyingEarth'' series of Creator/JackVance featured "oasts", huge humanlike primates whose riders sat on their shoulders. On at least one occasion, the hero Guyal was chased by a mounted troop on these creepy things.
* In his speculative non-fiction book ''Profiles Of The Future'', ArthurCClarke pondered possible future transport innovations. One of his more fanciful ideas was that genetic engineering might produce a new riding animal superior to the horse: a miniature elephant that could use its trunk to open doors, handle packages, etc.
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown''
and out other works, duocorns take the place of combat.horses. (With, as you may guess, two horns.)



[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' Eberron campaign setting, the Kingdom of Breland is famous for their bear cavalry. As a certain image macro says: "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BearCavalry.jpg Bear Cavalry: Yeah, you're pretty much fucked.]]"
** Unless you have [[MemeticMutation Cat Snipers]].
** Or are a halfling, in which case you ride freaking ''dinosaurs''.
** The standard steed in the '"DarkSun'' setting, a kank, is a giant beetle.
** Riding dogs (read: big, working breeds) are a very common mount for Small characters.
** D&D has several entries under every category of this trope, so it's worth pointing out that you can ride essentially anything in this game under the right circumstances, including a gelatinous cube.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has tons of these: cyber-horses, boars, cyber-boars, giant lizards, daemons that look like weird worms, daemons that look like metal rhinos...
** In addition, the chief source of meat in the Imperium is the Grox, a large, rather ill-tempered lizard-like creature.
** As usual it's overshadowed in the [[RuleofCool sheer awesome]] department by its sci-fi brother, but TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy also has a variety of fantasy mounts, including wolves, boars, and giant spiders (pony-size).
* In the furry RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'', since horses are a [[FurryConfusion playable race]], they have a variety of domesticated dinosaur-like reptiles. The ones intended for riding are named after varieties of horse, i.e. palfries look like struthiomimuses while destriers are more like utahraptors.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Various creatures have turned up riding, among other things, the deer-like "cervins", the lion-like "leotau", flying manta rays, wolves, griffins, oxen, giant cats, robot gargoyles the size of houses, several kinds of giant bug, dinosaurs, copper-tusked boars, birds and [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/82.html whatever the hell this thing is]].
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Bahmoots, velociraptor-style reptiles, are used as beasts of burden on Mars, while the Silthuri use a three and a half metre tall bird called the Royal Karn to pull their chariots.
* Goblins in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' ride goblin dogs... which is a case of NonIndicativeName, since they're actually giant, disease-carrying hairless rats.

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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' Eberron campaign setting, The MMOG ''UltimaOnline'' has an array to choose from. Bipedal dinosaurs without front arms called ostards, llamas, ki-rins, and giant beetles are among the Kingdom of Breland choices.
* GaiaOnline has a few mount options, mostly from the Wild Things set. The Roc
is famous for their bear cavalry. As a certain image macro says: "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BearCavalry.jpg Bear Cavalry: Yeah, you're pretty much fucked.]]"
** Unless you have [[MemeticMutation Cat Snipers]].
** Or
obviously a chocobo knockoff, and the other Wild Things are a halfling, in which case you ride freaking ''dinosaurs''.
** The standard steed in the '"DarkSun'' setting,
wolf (Fenrir) and a kank, is a giant beetle.
** Riding dogs (read: big, working breeds) are a very common mount for Small characters.
** D&D has several entries under every category of this trope, so it's worth pointing out that you can ride essentially anything in this game under the right circumstances, including a gelatinous cube.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has tons of these: cyber-horses, boars, cyber-boars, giant lizards, daemons that look like weird worms, daemons that look like metal rhinos...
**
tiger (Khan). In addition, the chief source Fallen Wish item has a serpentine dragon that you can ride, and the Kelp o' the Loch gave you a proper horse... as well as a hobby horse.
* The Defiant faction in ''{{Rift}}'' can get vaiyuu (which look like a cross between an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oviraptor Oviraptor]] and an antelope) and {{mechanical horse}}s. And that's only a sampling
of meat the weird mounts in the Imperium is game.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series, particularly ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', features such a wide variety of mounts that listing them all would be impractical. For starters, each of
the Grox, ten playable races has a large, rather ill-tempered lizard-like creature.
** As usual it's overshadowed in
distinctive basic mount, ranging from undead horses to mechanical ostriches to [[CallARabbitASmeerp elephant-like]] elekks. In fact, humans are the [[RuleofCool sheer awesome]] department by its sci-fi brother, but TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy also has only race that gets an actual honest-to-goodness horse. Then there are the various flying mounts, starting with griffons and giant furry bats and later progressing to sporebats, drakes, miniature helicopters, hippogriffs, etc. Lastly, ''Wrath of the Lich King'' introduced a variety of fantasy mounts, new land and flying mounts including wolves, boars, mammoths, proto-drakes, flying carpets, motorcycles, and giant spiders (pony-size).
* In
turtles; not to mention achievements for acquiring as many mounts as possible. The highest of these requires 100 mounts, and grants as its reward ... yet another mount.
** It's worth noting that pre-release promotional material for
the furry RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'', since horses are ''Burning Crusade'' expansion referred to the Blood Elf mount as a [[FurryConfusion playable race]], they have Cockatrice; eventually, however, someone at Blizzard realized that introducing a variety of domesticated dinosaur-like reptiles. The ones intended creature with "cock" in its name into a game largely played by teenagers and immature twentysomethings was just ''[[TemptingFate asking]]'' [[TemptingFate for riding are named after varieties of horse, i.e. palfries trouble]]. They were renamed Hawkstriders.
** Elekks
look like struthiomimuses while destriers are more like utahraptors.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Various creatures
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrotherium pyrotheria]] than elephants, really.
** Averted by the [[WolfMan Worgen]] race. They don't
have turned up riding, among other things, the deer-like "cervins", the lion-like "leotau", flying manta rays, wolves, griffins, oxen, giant cats, robot gargoyles the size of houses, several kinds of giant bug, dinosaurs, copper-tusked boars, birds and [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/82.html whatever the hell this thing is]].
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Bahmoots, velociraptor-style reptiles, are used as beasts of burden on Mars, while the Silthuri use a three and a half metre tall bird called the Royal Karn to pull
their chariots.
* Goblins in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' ride goblin dogs... which is a case of NonIndicativeName, since they're actually giant, disease-carrying hairless rats.
own mount, they just run around on all fours.



[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''AgeOfWonders'' most mounted units ride horses or wolves, but the Lizardmen are the most unusal ride giant frogs. There are also specialized units which ride giant eagles, wyverns, giant moles, and giant beetles.
* Before she became an expert {{Miko}} and learned to fly on her own, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu Hakurei]] used to mount an intelligent, talking, flying turtle named Genji.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has all three:
** Noishe, the party's overworld mount, is a giant white green dog with massive ears. Who's deathly afraid of monsters. And in one of the skits is speculated to be an ancient ever evolving creature.
** Some enemies are seen to ride oversized raptors called "Velocidragons".
** Actual dragons are sometimes trained as mounts, and the party even rides them at one point.
* Flynn from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' uses a horse-like monster with reptilian traits as a steed in one scene. The same variety of monster is also seen being used to tow merchant caravans in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' game, there was promotional material as well as [[http://comenzarjuego.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/grandia-1.jpga small cameo]] in the game proper of a large, long-legged turtle which was used as a mount. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Unfortunately]], you don't get to ride it at all, and disappeared after one town.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' allows the use of Pokémon such as Gogoat and Rhyhorn as steeds.
* In the multiplayer mode of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', the player can unlock mounts other than horses and donkeys, including a bull, a zebra, and the American bison. In the ''Undead Nightmare'' DLC, you can ride the Four Horses of the Apocalypse (only one at a time, though).
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** A different creature serves as the basic mount for each playable race, but other races can obtain their faction's racial mounts later on.
** In addition, many more mounts are available as various rewards in the game plus various flying mounts, plus constant new additions available and a variety of limited edition and promotional ones. Wolves, dinosaurs, giant bats, giant lizards, ostriches, dragons, big cats, sheep, pretty much all bases are covered somewhere.
** Horde players technically couldn't even ride (non-[[HellishHorse demonic]] or [[RaisingTheSteaks undead]]) horses until the Argent Warhorse was introduced late in ''Wrath of the Lich King''.
** A lot of this dates back to its RTS roots, such as the sabre-cat mounts prefered by the night elves, orcs riding giant wolves, tauren using kodo beasts (giant lizards) as pack animals etc. Likewise, the basic flying mount for both factions (and the one used for flight paths well before that) have made their first appearances in the RTS.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'' has a similarly eclectic line-up, including everything from ordinary horses to monitor lizards, {{Mechanical Horse}}s, giant squirrels, a creature resembling a huge floating blue glaucus, and a sort of [[MixAndMatchCritters hybrid of antelope and oviraptor]].
* In a {{Homage}} to the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' arcade games, [[RecurringBoss Shadow Man]] rides a frog in Bright Man's stage in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity''.
* In ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player can ride mounts for the first time in the series. These include horses, harts, dracolisks, giant nugs, and other exotic mounts. Of particular note is the "Bog Unicorn", a possessed zombie horse whose "horn" is a sword shoved into its skull. The horsemaster finds the nugs particularly disturbing since they have [[UncannyValley hands]].
* In ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'', some planets are described as having "Native Megafauna" improving commerce (presumably by using these beasts as pack animals across the planet).
* ''VideoGame/TheTraderOfStories'' has husks, oxen of another colour (they look like a dinosaur crossed with an armadillo).
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'' has wolf riders and, with the first expansion, boar riders.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', some of the goblins ride into battle on boars.

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[[folder:Mythology]]
* In ''AgeOfWonders'' The gods of most mounted units ride horses or wolves, but the Lizardmen are the most unusal ride giant frogs. There are also specialized units which ride giant eagles, wyverns, giant moles, and giant beetles.
* Before she became an expert {{Miko}} and learned to fly on her own, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu Hakurei]] used to mount an intelligent, talking, flying turtle named Genji.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has all three:
** Noishe, the party's overworld mount, is a giant white green dog with massive ears. Who's deathly afraid of monsters. And in one of the skits is speculated to be an ancient ever evolving creature.
** Some enemies are seen to ride oversized raptors called "Velocidragons".
** Actual dragons are sometimes trained as mounts, and the party even rides them at one point.
* Flynn from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' uses a horse-like monster with reptilian traits as a steed in one scene. The same variety of monster is also seen being used to tow merchant caravans in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' game, there was promotional material as well as [[http://comenzarjuego.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/grandia-1.jpga small cameo]] in the game proper of a large, long-legged turtle which was used as a mount. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Unfortunately]], you don't get to ride it at all, and disappeared after one town.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' allows the use of Pokémon such as Gogoat and Rhyhorn as steeds.
* In the multiplayer mode of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', the player can unlock mounts other than horses and donkeys, including a bull, a zebra, and the American bison. In the ''Undead Nightmare'' DLC, you can ride the Four Horses of the Apocalypse (only one at a time, though).
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** A different creature serves as the basic mount for each playable race, but other races can obtain their faction's racial mounts later on.
** In addition, many more mounts are available as various rewards in the game plus various flying mounts, plus constant new additions available and a variety of limited edition and promotional ones. Wolves, dinosaurs, giant bats, giant lizards, ostriches, dragons, big cats, sheep, pretty much all bases are covered somewhere.
** Horde players technically couldn't even ride (non-[[HellishHorse demonic]] or [[RaisingTheSteaks undead]]) horses until the Argent Warhorse was introduced late in ''Wrath of the Lich King''.
** A lot of this dates back to its RTS roots, such as the sabre-cat mounts prefered by the night elves, orcs riding giant wolves, tauren using kodo beasts (giant lizards) as pack animals etc. Likewise, the basic flying mount for both factions (and the one used for flight paths well before that)
religions often have made their first appearances in the RTS.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'' has a similarly eclectic line-up, including everything from ordinary horses to monitor lizards, {{Mechanical Horse}}s, giant squirrels, a creature resembling a huge floating blue glaucus, and a sort of [[MixAndMatchCritters hybrid of antelope and oviraptor]].
* In a {{Homage}} to the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' arcade games, [[RecurringBoss Shadow Man]] rides a frog in Bright Man's stage in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity''.
* In ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player can ride mounts for the first time in the series. These
some unusual mounts. Examples include horses, harts, dracolisks, giant nugs, the golden boar of the Norse god Frey, the [[DragonRider dragons]] who pulled the chariot of the Titan Kronos, and other exotic mounts. Of most Hindu gods ride an animal that has particular note is the "Bog Unicorn", a possessed zombie horse whose "horn" is a sword shoved into its skull. The horsemaster finds the nugs particularly disturbing since they have [[UncannyValley hands]].
* In ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'', some planets are described as having "Native Megafauna" improving commerce (presumably by using these beasts as pack animals across the planet).
* ''VideoGame/TheTraderOfStories'' has husks, oxen of another colour (they look like a dinosaur crossed with an armadillo).
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'' has wolf riders and, with the first expansion, boar riders.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', some of the goblins ride into battle on boars.
symbolism.



[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has Dawmere/Unicorn, horse-like animals, that have cloven feet and short fat horns on their head, they are more akin to donkeys or mountain goats then horses. Real horses exist, but are rarely if ever used by the titular Drow, as they are unsuited for underground conditions.
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is home to a broad variety of mounts, including spidews, dwagons, gwiffons, unipegataurs, megalogwiffs, tankeroos (kangaroo-formed cloth golems), elephant-formed cloth golems, and a glass golem which appears to actually be in the form of a horse.
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' gives us the Rent-A-Zilla whom [[spoiler: Yuki Sonoda takes to riding once her MagicalGirl abilities really start to kick in.]] Largo has made use of them in this way, too.
* ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'' features a [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=942 squirrel.]] (Not a giant squirrel. Doodzes are tiny.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Uncreation}}'' features the centitrains, which are giant centipedes that (unsurprisingly) function as trains. They even have the ability to seperate like train carriages - by ''ripping themselves in half'' and then regenerating a new head out of the wound.
* Being based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' likes this trope quite a bit. Belkar's wiener dog, Hinjo's dire wolf Argent, Xykon's zombie silver dragon, Lien's shark Razor, and Redcloak's summoned fiendish mammoth all get play during the Battle of Azure City alone. The demon roaches even [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0451.html lampshade it]] when riding a raccoon.
* ''Webcomic/{{Astray3}}'' has bird-like creatures usable as mounts as well as a whirling bug creature that pulls carts.
* The Denizens (LivingShadow minions) in ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=383 tried]] to ride a ''platypus'' for fun.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Both ordinary horses and horses of a different color can be found in the land of Ooo, among them a a yellow lemon camel ridden by the manic and over-reacting lemon person, Lemongrab.
** The topper is an ordinary horse being ridden by a creature that is a cross between a rainbow and a unicorn. (Who is usually herself ridden.)
** And then, of course, there's [[MemeticBadass James Baxter]].
* Buggalo (giant ladybugs) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' are the equivalent of cows.
** And only those who ride Buggalo may have Buggalo. And [[FantasyCounterpartCulture that's]] [[MagicalNativeAmerican us]].
** And when driving Buggalo, you ride a giant tarantula. Farnsworth will have you know that it's not a giant ant:
---> '''Farnsworth''': [[YouFailBiologyForever Its not a magic bug you idiot, its a magic arachnid!]] [[BerserkButton See, count the legs, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': He-man's typical transportation is Battlecat, a giant tiger.
* In ''Frozen'' Sven the Reindeer fulfills this trope.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had the girls invaded by giant broccoli aliens after they spiked the town's broccoli supply with MindControl spores that left all the adults incapacitated, leaving the girls and the kids to confront the green threat. As part of their vegetable motif, the broccoli king rides a carrot-shaped mount.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Azula and friends]]'' riding giant basilisk lizards, complete with a scene where they run across the surface of water.[[note]]Yes, basilisk lizards can actually do that in real life[[/note]]
* In Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar novels, the Hawkbrothers sometimes ride on ''dyheli'', which are something like [[SapientSteed sentient]] wapiti.

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[[folder:Webcomics]]
[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has Dawmere/Unicorn, horse-like animals, that have cloven feet Other than the aforementioned Podog, in ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' there also is the Hopper (a giant mutant jackalope who is as dumb as a brick), the Centisteed (a horse with a whole lot of legs, as well as bug-eyes and short fat horns antennae) and the incredibly odd Pineto (think of a cactus plant merged with a horse, and you'll get the idea).
* 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 head, 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 akin to donkeys 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 mountain goats then horses. Real horses exist, but various sauropods are rarely if ever used by the titular Drow, as they are unsuited for underground conditions.
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is home to a broad variety of mounts, including spidews, dwagons, gwiffons, unipegataurs, megalogwiffs, tankeroos (kangaroo-formed cloth golems), elephant-formed cloth golems,
also ridden in and a glass golem which appears to actually be in the form of a horse.
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' gives us the Rent-A-Zilla whom [[spoiler: Yuki Sonoda takes to riding once her MagicalGirl abilities really start to kick in.]] Largo has made use of them in this way, too.
* ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'' features a [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=942 squirrel.]] (Not a giant squirrel. Doodzes are tiny.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Uncreation}}'' features the centitrains, which are giant centipedes that (unsurprisingly) function as trains. They even have the ability to seperate like train carriages - by ''ripping themselves in half'' and then regenerating a new head
out of the wound.
* Being based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' likes this trope quite a bit. Belkar's wiener dog, Hinjo's dire wolf Argent, Xykon's zombie silver dragon, Lien's shark Razor, and Redcloak's summoned fiendish mammoth all get play during the Battle of Azure City alone. The demon roaches even [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0451.html lampshade it]] when riding a raccoon.
* ''Webcomic/{{Astray3}}'' has bird-like creatures usable as mounts as well as a whirling bug creature that pulls carts.
* The Denizens (LivingShadow minions) in ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=383 tried]] to ride a ''platypus'' for fun.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Both ordinary horses and horses of a different color can be found in the land of Ooo, among them a a yellow lemon camel ridden by the manic and over-reacting lemon person, Lemongrab.
** The topper is an ordinary horse being ridden by a creature that is a cross between a rainbow and a unicorn. (Who is usually herself ridden.)
** And then, of course, there's [[MemeticBadass James Baxter]].
* Buggalo (giant ladybugs) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' are the equivalent of cows.
** And only those who ride Buggalo may have Buggalo. And [[FantasyCounterpartCulture that's]] [[MagicalNativeAmerican us]].
** And when driving Buggalo, you ride a giant tarantula. Farnsworth will have you know that it's not a giant ant:
---> '''Farnsworth''': [[YouFailBiologyForever Its not a magic bug you idiot, its a magic arachnid!]] [[BerserkButton See, count the legs, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': He-man's typical transportation is Battlecat, a giant tiger.
* In ''Frozen'' Sven the Reindeer fulfills this trope.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had the girls invaded by giant broccoli aliens after they spiked the town's broccoli supply with MindControl spores that left all the adults incapacitated, leaving the girls and the kids to confront the green threat. As part of their vegetable motif, the broccoli king rides a carrot-shaped mount.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Azula and friends]]'' riding giant basilisk lizards, complete with a scene where they run across the surface of water.[[note]]Yes, basilisk lizards can actually do that in real life[[/note]]
* In Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar novels, the Hawkbrothers sometimes ride on ''dyheli'', which are something like [[SapientSteed sentient]] wapiti.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* People have tamed zebras and managed to ride them before, but it is more impractical than horses because of their temperament and because zebras have less speed and endurance than horses. Zorses (zebra-horse hybrids) are somewhat more practical as mounts.
* Reindeer are the only deer that can be said to be domesticated. They can be ridden or trained to pull sleds or carriages.
* Yaks.
* Oxen are ridden occasionally.
* Donkeys of course.
** Mules and hinnies each technically fulfill half of this trope.
** It's often ignored that horses were in fact not known in the Fertile Crescent at the time the first civilizations arose there, and donkeys were the only equivalent found for a long time in their native Egypt. Some also believe that the ancient Sumerians experimented with onager-led chariots before horses became available.
* Asian elephants have been used as mounts for thousands of years, although more as beasts of burden than long-range transport. African elephants are far less manageable, although some individual animals will allow a familiar human keeper to ride them.
* Camels, for both one-humped dromedaries and two-humped Bactrian species. Llamas have been ridden as well, although their foul temper makes them impractical as mounts.
** Because they're a ''lot'' bigger and stronger than horses, camels were used as battle mounts in the Middle East for centuries, able to cross terrain that would kill a horse and to run in full barding. Some even carried small cannons on their backs to serve as the first highly-mobile artillery units.
* Elks (moose for American tropers) can be tamed and ridden.
** Also true of a few hand-reared bison.
* [[http://www.messybeast.com/history/working3.htm Here]] are some examples, including mounted elk, yaks, llamas and ostriches and elk-, pig-, and ostrich-driven chariots and carriages.

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[[folder:Real Life]]
[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* People have tamed zebras and managed to ride them before, but it In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' Eberron campaign setting, the Kingdom of Breland is more impractical than horses because of famous for their temperament and because zebras bear cavalry. As a certain image macro says: "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BearCavalry.jpg Bear Cavalry: Yeah, you're pretty much fucked.]]"
** Unless you
have less speed and endurance than horses. Zorses (zebra-horse hybrids) [[MemeticMutation Cat Snipers]].
** Or
are somewhat more practical as mounts.
* Reindeer
a halfling, in which case you ride freaking ''dinosaurs''.
** The standard steed in the '"DarkSun'' setting, a kank, is a giant beetle.
** Riding dogs (read: big, working breeds)
are the only deer that can be said to be domesticated. They can be ridden or trained to pull sleds or carriages.
* Yaks.
* Oxen are ridden occasionally.
* Donkeys of course.
a very common mount for Small characters.
** Mules and hinnies each technically fulfill half D&D has several entries under every category of this trope.
** It's often ignored
trope, so it's worth pointing out that you can ride essentially anything in this game under the right circumstances, including a gelatinous cube.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has tons of these: cyber-horses, boars, cyber-boars, giant lizards, daemons that look like weird worms, daemons that look like metal rhinos...
** In addition, the chief source of meat in the Imperium is the Grox, a large, rather ill-tempered lizard-like creature.
** As usual it's overshadowed in the [[RuleofCool sheer awesome]] department by its sci-fi brother, but TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy also has a variety of fantasy mounts, including wolves, boars, and giant spiders (pony-size).
* In the furry RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'', since
horses were in fact not known in the Fertile Crescent at the time the first civilizations arose there, and donkeys were the only equivalent found for are a long time in their native Egypt. Some also believe that the ancient Sumerians experimented with onager-led chariots before horses became available.
* Asian elephants
[[FurryConfusion playable race]], they have been a variety of domesticated dinosaur-like reptiles. The ones intended for riding are named after varieties of horse, i.e. palfries look like struthiomimuses while destriers are more like utahraptors.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Various creatures have turned up riding, among other things, the deer-like "cervins", the lion-like "leotau", flying manta rays, wolves, griffins, oxen, giant cats, robot gargoyles the size of houses, several kinds of giant bug, dinosaurs, copper-tusked boars, birds and [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/82.html whatever the hell this thing is]].
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Bahmoots, velociraptor-style reptiles, are
used as mounts for thousands of years, although more as beasts of burden than long-range transport. African elephants are far less manageable, although some individual animals will allow on Mars, while the Silthuri use a familiar human keeper to ride them.
* Camels, for both one-humped dromedaries
three and two-humped Bactrian species. Llamas have been ridden as well, although a half metre tall bird called the Royal Karn to pull their foul temper makes them impractical as mounts.
** Because
chariots.
* Goblins in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' ride goblin dogs... which is a case of NonIndicativeName, since
they're a ''lot'' bigger and stronger than horses, camels were used as battle mounts in the Middle East for centuries, able to cross terrain that would kill a horse and to run in full barding. Some even carried small cannons on their backs to serve as the first highly-mobile artillery units.
* Elks (moose for American tropers) can be tamed and ridden.
** Also true of a few hand-reared bison.
* [[http://www.messybeast.com/history/working3.htm Here]] are some examples, including mounted elk, yaks, llamas and ostriches and elk-, pig-, and ostrich-driven chariots and carriages.
actually giant, disease-carrying hairless rats.


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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''AgeOfWonders'' most mounted units ride horses or wolves, but the Lizardmen are the most unusal ride giant frogs. There are also specialized units which ride giant eagles, wyverns, giant moles, and giant beetles.
* Before she became an expert {{Miko}} and learned to fly on her own, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu Hakurei]] used to mount an intelligent, talking, flying turtle named Genji.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has all three:
** Noishe, the party's overworld mount, is a giant white green dog with massive ears. Who's deathly afraid of monsters. And in one of the skits is speculated to be an ancient ever evolving creature.
** Some enemies are seen to ride oversized raptors called "Velocidragons".
** Actual dragons are sometimes trained as mounts, and the party even rides them at one point.
* Flynn from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' uses a horse-like monster with reptilian traits as a steed in one scene. The same variety of monster is also seen being used to tow merchant caravans in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' game, there was promotional material as well as [[http://comenzarjuego.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/grandia-1.jpga small cameo]] in the game proper of a large, long-legged turtle which was used as a mount. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Unfortunately]], you don't get to ride it at all, and disappeared after one town.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' allows the use of Pokémon such as Gogoat and Rhyhorn as steeds.
* In the multiplayer mode of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', the player can unlock mounts other than horses and donkeys, including a bull, a zebra, and the American bison. In the ''Undead Nightmare'' DLC, you can ride the Four Horses of the Apocalypse (only one at a time, though).
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** A different creature serves as the basic mount for each playable race, but other races can obtain their faction's racial mounts later on.
** In addition, many more mounts are available as various rewards in the game plus various flying mounts, plus constant new additions available and a variety of limited edition and promotional ones. Wolves, dinosaurs, giant bats, giant lizards, ostriches, dragons, big cats, sheep, pretty much all bases are covered somewhere.
** Horde players technically couldn't even ride (non-[[HellishHorse demonic]] or [[RaisingTheSteaks undead]]) horses until the Argent Warhorse was introduced late in ''Wrath of the Lich King''.
** A lot of this dates back to its RTS roots, such as the sabre-cat mounts prefered by the night elves, orcs riding giant wolves, tauren using kodo beasts (giant lizards) as pack animals etc. Likewise, the basic flying mount for both factions (and the one used for flight paths well before that) have made their first appearances in the RTS.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'' has a similarly eclectic line-up, including everything from ordinary horses to monitor lizards, {{Mechanical Horse}}s, giant squirrels, a creature resembling a huge floating blue glaucus, and a sort of [[MixAndMatchCritters hybrid of antelope and oviraptor]].
* In a {{Homage}} to the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' arcade games, [[RecurringBoss Shadow Man]] rides a frog in Bright Man's stage in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity''.
* In ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the player can ride mounts for the first time in the series. These include horses, harts, dracolisks, giant nugs, and other exotic mounts. Of particular note is the "Bog Unicorn", a possessed zombie horse whose "horn" is a sword shoved into its skull. The horsemaster finds the nugs particularly disturbing since they have [[UncannyValley hands]].
* In ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'', some planets are described as having "Native Megafauna" improving commerce (presumably by using these beasts as pack animals across the planet).
* ''VideoGame/TheTraderOfStories'' has husks, oxen of another colour (they look like a dinosaur crossed with an armadillo).
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'' has wolf riders and, with the first expansion, boar riders.
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', some of the goblins ride into battle on boars.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has Dawmere/Unicorn, horse-like animals, that have cloven feet and short fat horns on their head, they are more akin to donkeys or mountain goats then horses. Real horses exist, but are rarely if ever used by the titular Drow, as they are unsuited for underground conditions.
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is home to a broad variety of mounts, including spidews, dwagons, gwiffons, unipegataurs, megalogwiffs, tankeroos (kangaroo-formed cloth golems), elephant-formed cloth golems, and a glass golem which appears to actually be in the form of a horse.
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' gives us the Rent-A-Zilla whom [[spoiler: Yuki Sonoda takes to riding once her MagicalGirl abilities really start to kick in.]] Largo has made use of them in this way, too.
* ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'' features a [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=942 squirrel.]] (Not a giant squirrel. Doodzes are tiny.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Uncreation}}'' features the centitrains, which are giant centipedes that (unsurprisingly) function as trains. They even have the ability to seperate like train carriages - by ''ripping themselves in half'' and then regenerating a new head out of the wound.
* Being based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' likes this trope quite a bit. Belkar's wiener dog, Hinjo's dire wolf Argent, Xykon's zombie silver dragon, Lien's shark Razor, and Redcloak's summoned fiendish mammoth all get play during the Battle of Azure City alone. The demon roaches even [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0451.html lampshade it]] when riding a raccoon.
* ''Webcomic/{{Astray3}}'' has bird-like creatures usable as mounts as well as a whirling bug creature that pulls carts.
* The Denizens (LivingShadow minions) in ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=383 tried]] to ride a ''platypus'' for fun.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Both ordinary horses and horses of a different color can be found in the land of Ooo, among them a a yellow lemon camel ridden by the manic and over-reacting lemon person, Lemongrab.
** The topper is an ordinary horse being ridden by a creature that is a cross between a rainbow and a unicorn. (Who is usually herself ridden.)
** And then, of course, there's [[MemeticBadass James Baxter]].
* Buggalo (giant ladybugs) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' are the equivalent of cows.
** And only those who ride Buggalo may have Buggalo. And [[FantasyCounterpartCulture that's]] [[MagicalNativeAmerican us]].
** And when driving Buggalo, you ride a giant tarantula. Farnsworth will have you know that it's not a giant ant:
---> '''Farnsworth''': [[YouFailBiologyForever Its not a magic bug you idiot, its a magic arachnid!]] [[BerserkButton See, count the legs, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': He-man's typical transportation is Battlecat, a giant tiger.
* In ''Frozen'' Sven the Reindeer fulfills this trope.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had the girls invaded by giant broccoli aliens after they spiked the town's broccoli supply with MindControl spores that left all the adults incapacitated, leaving the girls and the kids to confront the green threat. As part of their vegetable motif, the broccoli king rides a carrot-shaped mount.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Azula and friends]]'' riding giant basilisk lizards, complete with a scene where they run across the surface of water.[[note]]Yes, basilisk lizards can actually do that in real life[[/note]]
* In Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar novels, the Hawkbrothers sometimes ride on ''dyheli'', which are something like [[SapientSteed sentient]] wapiti.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* People have tamed zebras and managed to ride them before, but it is more impractical than horses because of their temperament and because zebras have less speed and endurance than horses. Zorses (zebra-horse hybrids) are somewhat more practical as mounts.
* Reindeer are the only deer that can be said to be domesticated. They can be ridden or trained to pull sleds or carriages.
* Yaks.
* Oxen are ridden occasionally.
* Donkeys of course.
** Mules and hinnies each technically fulfill half of this trope.
** It's often ignored that horses were in fact not known in the Fertile Crescent at the time the first civilizations arose there, and donkeys were the only equivalent found for a long time in their native Egypt. Some also believe that the ancient Sumerians experimented with onager-led chariots before horses became available.
* Asian elephants have been used as mounts for thousands of years, although more as beasts of burden than long-range transport. African elephants are far less manageable, although some individual animals will allow a familiar human keeper to ride them.
* Camels, for both one-humped dromedaries and two-humped Bactrian species. Llamas have been ridden as well, although their foul temper makes them impractical as mounts.
** Because they're a ''lot'' bigger and stronger than horses, camels were used as battle mounts in the Middle East for centuries, able to cross terrain that would kill a horse and to run in full barding. Some even carried small cannons on their backs to serve as the first highly-mobile artillery units.
* Elks (moose for American tropers) can be tamed and ridden.
** Also true of a few hand-reared bison.
* [[http://www.messybeast.com/history/working3.htm Here]] are some examples, including mounted elk, yaks, llamas and ostriches and elk-, pig-, and ostrich-driven chariots and carriages.
[[/folder]]
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* Rock steeds in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' are bipedal dinosaur-relatives ridden by desert bandits. For some reason, however, the movie ''The Legend Reborn'' had them acting exactly like actual horses.

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* Rock steeds in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' are bipedal dinosaur-relatives ridden by desert bandits. For some reason, however, the movie ''The Legend Reborn'' had them acting exactly like actual horses.
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* ''BattleForWesnoth'''s goblins use wolves as mounts.

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* ''BattleForWesnoth'''s ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'''s goblins use wolves as mounts.
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* ''Film/TheHobbit'' presents a ''Megaloceros'' deer-like steed Thranduil rides on during the film's prologue. Later, Radagast's sledge is pulled by ''rabbits''...Sled Dogs Of A Different Color?

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* ''Film/TheHobbit'' presents a ''Megaloceros'' deer-like steed Thranduil rides on during the film's prologue. Later, Radagast's sledge is pulled by ''rabbits''...Sled Dogs Of A Different Color?Color? The leader of the Dwarf army rids on a large boar, too.
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