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9th Jul '16 11:43:32 AM nombretomado
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* The Zyglak in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. There's also the Skakdi -- a group of them (the Piraka) were collectively the BigBad of the 2006 StoryArc, and one of their leaders (Nektann) briefly became TheDragon to overall series BigBad Teridax during the 2010 arc. It is not uncommon for villains to get [[BalefulPolymorph turned into snakes]].

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* The Zyglak in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. There's also the Skakdi -- a group of them (the Piraka) were collectively the BigBad of the 2006 StoryArc, and one of their leaders (Nektann) briefly became TheDragon to overall series BigBad Teridax during the 2010 arc. It is not uncommon for villains to get [[BalefulPolymorph turned into snakes]].
12th Jun '16 2:31:35 PM themisterfree
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* Quincy, Jason's pet lizard from ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', is seen as one by Jason's sister Paige, as he is constantly having Quincy chew up her stuff and generally freak her out. He's actually pretty passive, though.
17th May '16 4:47:32 AM Anddrix
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* Although no reptiles appear in ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'', the Sea Lions are called "Nature's Snakes" by the penguins to show their fear.

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* Although no reptiles appear in ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'', the Sea Lions leopard seals are called "Nature's Snakes" by the penguins to show their fear.
11th May '16 7:25:51 PM merotoker
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Reptiles Are Abhorrent is fairly consistent, but it's far from {{omnipresent|Tropes}}, so '''do not list aversions'''. Do not list subversions or unless they actually invoke this trope. Aside from Snakes, do not list aversions unless it is pointed out. There are enough non-abhorrent reptiles in fiction that it would be a waste of time and space to list them all.

See also WhatMeasureIsANonCute, NeverSmileAtACrocodile, ScaledUp, and FangsAreEvil. Compare CatsAreMean and YouDirtyRat. Contrast with TurtlePower. This is also closely related to GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals. SuperTrope of SnakesAreSinister

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Reptiles Are Abhorrent is fairly consistent, but it's far from {{omnipresent|Tropes}}, so '''do not list aversions'''. Do not list subversions or unless they actually invoke this trope. Aside from Snakes, do not list aversions unless it is pointed out. There are enough non-abhorrent reptiles in fiction that it would be a waste of time and space to list them all.

See also WhatMeasureIsANonCute, NeverSmileAtACrocodile, ScaledUp, and FangsAreEvil. Compare CatsAreMean and YouDirtyRat. Contrast with TurtlePower. This is also closely related to GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals. SuperTrope of SnakesAreSinister
SnakesAreSinister.



* Teknophage from ''ComicBook/MrHeroTheNewmaticMan'' is an obvious one. A MagnificentBastard, as well as ChessMaster as the ruler of many multiverses, including his home planet Kalighoul.

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* Teknophage from ''ComicBook/MrHeroTheNewmaticMan'' is an obvious one. A MagnificentBastard, as well as ChessMaster TheChessmaster as the ruler of many multiverses, including his home planet Kalighoul.



* In ''Fanfic/WhatLiesBeyondTheWalls'', every single monitor lizard or snake mentioned in the story is murderous and/or cannibalistic. This is somewhat jarring, considering how [[GreyAndGrayMorality gray all the other characters are]] and that the vermin have {{deconstructi|on}}ed AlwaysChaoticEvil right down to the bone.

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* In ''Fanfic/WhatLiesBeyondTheWalls'', every single monitor lizard or snake mentioned in the story is murderous and/or cannibalistic. This is somewhat jarring, considering how [[GreyAndGrayMorality gray all the other characters are]] and that the vermin have {{deconstructi|on}}ed {{deconstruct|ion}}ed AlwaysChaoticEvil right down to the bone.



** ''Man-Eating Super Snake'', a documentary that indulges in blatant [[YouCanPanicNow fearmongering]] based on the possibility that the feral Burmese Pythons and African Rock Pythons in the Everglades will breed and produce hybrids with the size of the former and the purported aggression of the latter. Not only is this premise utterly sensationalistic and like something out of a [[SciFiChannel SyFy channel]] original movie, but Burmese and Rock Pythons have ''already been hybridized in captivity''; "Burmrocks", as they are known, are no larger or more aggressive than their Burmese or African parents. In fact, they're actually quite docile, a trait they inherit from their Burmese parents, ''exactly the opposite'' of Animal Planet's "Man-Eating Super Snake".

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** ''Man-Eating Super Snake'', a documentary that indulges in blatant [[YouCanPanicNow fearmongering]] based on the possibility that the feral Burmese Pythons and African Rock Pythons in the Everglades will breed and produce hybrids with the size of the former and the purported aggression of the latter. Not only is this premise utterly sensationalistic and like something out of a [[SciFiChannel [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy channel]] original movie, but Burmese and Rock Pythons have ''already been hybridized in captivity''; "Burmrocks", as they are known, are no larger or more aggressive than their Burmese or African parents. In fact, they're actually quite docile, a trait they inherit from their Burmese parents, ''exactly the opposite'' of Animal Planet's "Man-Eating Super Snake".



* Myth/ClassicalMythology usually [[{{Subverted}} subverts]] the trope, treating snakes and dragons (these ones featuring as large snakes) neutrally:

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* Myth/ClassicalMythology usually [[{{Subverted}} subverts]] {{subvert|edTrope}}s the trope, treating snakes and dragons (these ones featuring as large snakes) neutrally:



* Zigzagged with EgyptianMythology, with reptiles as potentially both good and evil.

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* Zigzagged with EgyptianMythology, Myth/EgyptianMythology, with reptiles as potentially both good and evil.



* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Let's hear it for Reptile! He's so abhorrent, he doesn't even need an actual name[[note]]''Mortal Kombat X'' reveals that his name is Syzoth[[/note]]. However, he's actually a subversion as he's a severe case of a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Woobie Anti Villain]]; his whole goal was to prevent his race from becoming extinct, but his masters constantly screw over his goal. Doesn't help that Reptile's attitude is more or less a mentally deteriorating YesMan. Aside of him, there's also Khameleon, whose goal is to pull Reptile out of that service and repopulate the race together.

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Let's hear it for Reptile! He's so abhorrent, he doesn't even need an actual name[[note]]''Mortal Kombat X'' reveals that his name is Syzoth[[/note]]. However, he's actually a subversion as he's a severe case of a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Woobie Anti Villain]]; Anti-Villain]]; his whole goal was to prevent his race from becoming extinct, but his masters constantly screw over his goal. Doesn't help that Reptile's attitude is more or less a mentally deteriorating YesMan. Aside of him, there's also Khameleon, whose goal is to pull Reptile out of that service and repopulate the race together.



** The Reptilicus/Old Bryyonians in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', who'll attack you on sight. To be fair, though, the lore entries that you can scan on Bryyo imply that they were fairly nice guys at one point, but more or less turned "evil" after a schism broke out between the "primal" ways of magic and the "new ways" of science.

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** The Reptilicus/Old Bryyonians in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', who'll attack you on sight. To be fair, though, the lore entries that you can scan on Bryyo imply that they were fairly nice guys at one point, but more or less turned "evil" after a schism broke out between the "primal" ways of magic and the "new ways" of science.



* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' feature Koopas, a race of cartoony turtles that are one of the standard enemies in the series. BigBad SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}} is a an odd [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Turtle/Dragon/Ox... thing.]] Koopas are somewhat odd, in that they're villainous reptiles that are still portrayed as cute.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' feature ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
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Koopas, a race of cartoony turtles that are one of the standard enemies in the series. BigBad SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}} [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser Bowser]] is a an odd [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Turtle/Dragon/Ox... thing.]] Koopas are somewhat odd, in that they're villainous reptiles that are still portrayed as cute.



* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', the Demon of Song looks like a giant frog when its "mouth" is closed. When the mouth opens, it reveals its true ghastly face and long spindly arms. The face is the only vulnerable part of the demon since the frog body is NighInvulnerable. [[spoiler:It also has a surprisingly beautiful singing voice.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', the Demon of Song looks like a giant frog when its "mouth" is closed. When the mouth opens, it reveals its true ghastly face and long spindly arms. The face is the only vulnerable part of the demon since the frog body is NighInvulnerable.{{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. [[spoiler:It also has a surprisingly beautiful singing voice.]]



* ''Webcomic/WTFComics'' is based on ''EverQuest'', so most of the reptilian Iksars are hostile. Straha Ironscale, one of the protagonists, is a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch rare exception]].

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* ''Webcomic/WTFComics'' is based on ''EverQuest'', ''VideoGame/EverQuest'', so most of the reptilian Iksars are hostile. Straha Ironscale, one of the protagonists, is a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch rare exception]].



** And obviously, TMNT makes exceptions for certain "cute" reptiles, given the nature of its titular characters. Reptilian anthros are mostly good guys. The cartoon is a bit shakier about this as noted above. Then again, Leatherhead the alligator may be more a case of CarnivoresAreMean; not to get too graphic but a turtle's shell doesn't work so well against those jaws...

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** And obviously, TMNT makes exceptions for certain "cute" reptiles, given the nature of its titular characters. Reptilian anthros antiheroes are mostly good guys. The cartoon is a bit shakier about this as noted above. Then again, Leatherhead the alligator may be more a case of CarnivoresAreMean; not to get too graphic but a turtle's shell doesn't work so well against those jaws...



* Subverted in the 1960s Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon ''WesternAnimation/WallyGator''. Wally is pretty harmless and pleasant for an alligator.
10th May '16 12:53:27 PM gk3389127
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* Zigzagged with EgyptianMythology, with reptiles as potentially both good and evil.
** One the one hand, you have gods such as Wadjet (the cobra goddess), who is the snake often depicted on the pharaoh's crown serving as a guardian, and Sobek (the crocodile god), who is dangerous, but venerable.
** On the other hand, you have the giant Chaos snake, Apep, who embodies everything the gods stand in opposition of, and is essentially the Egyptian equivalent of Satan.
6th May '16 11:35:04 AM Darthrai
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* Zigzagged in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series. The snake species of Pokemon, Seviper and Arbok, are both less than pleasant, based on their Pokedex descriptions. They're also commonly used by the villains in the games. However, you can also catch and train them for yourself. Notably, there are also a variety of other reptilian species of Pokemon, which can be used either by you or your opponents. Plus, the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first generation]] starters consist of a frog, a lizard, and a turtle.

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* Zigzagged in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series. The snake species of Pokemon, Seviper and Arbok, are both less than pleasant, based on their Pokedex descriptions. They're also commonly used by the villains in the games. However, you can also catch and train them for yourself. Notably, there are also a variety of other reptilian species of Pokemon, which can be used either by you or your opponents. Plus, the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first generation]] starters consist of a frog, froglike [[CartoonCreature made-up reptile]], a lizard, lizard that becomes a dragon, and a turtle.turtle, and are far from unpleasant.
3rd May '16 8:47:34 AM vedjf
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* Many alternate branches of ''Franchise/{{Sonic The Hedgehog}}'' treat snakes as this universally. [[Videogame/SonicBoom Lyric]], [[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Mordred Hood, Trey Scales]] and [[Comicbook/SonicTheComic the Crimson Cobra]] are all examples across different media. Lyric gets bonus points as "reptile" is treated as an insult by the heroes (despite turtles being island citizens), something not possible in the other noted branches due to the prominent non-snake aversions that exist in each.



* Many alternate branches of ''Franchise/{{Sonic The Hedgehog}}'' treat snakes as this universally. [[Videogame/SonicBoom Lyric]], [[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Mordred Hood, Trey Scales]] and [[Comicbook/SonicTheComic the Crimson Cobra]] are all examples across different media. Lyric gets bonus points as "reptile" is treated as an insult by the heroes (despite turtles being island citizens), something not possible in the other noted branches due to the prominent non-snake aversions that exist in each.

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* Many alternate branches of ''Franchise/{{Sonic The Hedgehog}}'' treat snakes as this universally. [[Videogame/SonicBoom Lyric]], [[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Mordred Hood, Trey Scales]] and [[Comicbook/SonicTheComic the Crimson Cobra]] are all examples across different media. Lyric gets bonus points as "reptile" is treated as an insult by the heroes (despite turtles being island citizens), something not possible in the other noted branches due to the prominent non-snake aversions that exist in each.
2nd May '16 10:04:49 AM vedjf
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** Komodo Joe was said to run an illegal Cubic Zirconia fraud business, and the concepts released by the ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'' developers showed that he would cheat Crash and Cortex out of Power Crystals while they ended up driving around a course in a car with no brakes.

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** Komodo Joe was said to run an illegal Cubic Zirconia fraud business, and the concepts released by the ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'' developers showed that he would cheat Crash and Cortex out of Power Crystals while they ended up driving around a course in a car with no brakes. His very first concept documents suggest that he was originally supposed to be a reptile supremist on top of that.




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* Many alternate branches of ''Franchise/{{Sonic The Hedgehog}}'' treat snakes as this universally. [[Videogame/SonicBoom Lyric]], [[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Mordred Hood, Trey Scales]] and [[Comicbook/SonicTheComic the Crimson Cobra]] are all examples across different media. Lyric gets bonus points as "reptile" is treated as an insult by the heroes (despite turtles being island citizens), something not possible in the other noted branches due to the prominent non-snake aversions that exist in each.
26th Apr '16 11:19:34 AM CJCroen1393
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* Filipino superstition plays with this trope; snakes in the home are seen as a bad omen, but small geckos (referred to as "butiki" in Tagalog) in the home are considered good luck. The latter might be because the geckos do a good job of keeping vermin out of the house.

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* Filipino superstition plays with this trope; snakes in the home are seen as a bad omen, but small geckos (referred to as "butiki" in Tagalog) in the home are considered good luck. The latter might be because the geckos do a good job of keeping vermin out of the house.house--although reportedly they also run the risk of becoming vermin themselves sometimes.
13th Apr '16 1:41:17 AM CarrieTheTroper
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* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', while a lot of Trandoshans are enemies and evil, Qyzen Fess is a Jedi Consular companion character and friend of a Jedi Master (even if he still hunts Wookiees), and even [[spoiler:comes back with a large group of elite Trandoshan hunters to aid the building Alliance]] in the new expansion.
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