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14th Apr '16 5:53:46 PM Gitman
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* Rats are often depicted in animation as having a mouthful of shark-like teeth. A real rat has four flat teeth in the front of their mouth, molars in the back, and nothing between. They certainly don't have any pointed canines.

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* Rats are often depicted in animation as having a mouthful of shark-like teeth. A real rat has four flat teeth incisors in the front of their mouth, molars in the back, and nothing between. They certainly don't have any pointed canines.
10th Apr '16 1:27:12 AM Pichu-kun
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* WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron Stoppable's pet naked mole rat, Rufus. First of all, Rufus would likely die very quickly on its own, even if it had an owner: Naked mole rats are eusocial mammals much like ants and termites. Second, he's a cold-blooded mammal, one of nature's few surviving ones. Good luck to Ron in trying to regulate its body temperature as mole rats usually do (via the warmth of their colony or the coolness of their inner dens). And third, his diet would likely not consist of cheese from his buddy's world famous Naco; in fact, it's more likely to want potatoes and yams, when it's not eating its own poop. Yes, you heard right: Naked mole rats eat their own and other mole rat's feces, in order to re-digest the hard tubers of its normal diet.

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* WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron Stoppable's pet naked mole rat, Rufus. First of all, Rufus would likely die very quickly on its own, even if it had an owner: Naked mole rats are eusocial mammals much like ants and termites. Second, he's a cold-blooded mammal, one of nature's few surviving ones. Good luck to Ron in trying to regulate its body temperature as mole rats usually do (via the warmth of their colony or the coolness of their inner dens). And third, his diet would likely not consist of cheese from his buddy's world famous Naco; in fact, it's more likely to want potatoes and yams, when it's not eating its own poop. Yes, you heard right: Naked mole rats eat their own and other mole rat's feces, in order to re-digest the hard tubers of its normal diet.
10th Apr '16 1:18:54 AM Pichu-kun
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* An ad for Napa auto parts features a hunter crouched in the marsh with his gun and, instead of a regular hunting dog, he has a fluffy white poodle with a pink bow in its hair. The tag line is, "Having the wrong auto part makes even less sense." This is absolutely hilarious to anyone who knows that ''poodles were bred to be wetland hunting dogs'', and the dog doesn't care if it's white, fluffy, and wearing a ribbon: when there's a bird to be retrieved, ''it will be retrieved'', no matter the amount of mud involved. Also, those ribbons and poofs and whatnot that look so fancy are ''all'' relics of their hunting days - the ribbons were color-coded to their owners, and those poofs were ''originally'' for the purpose of keeping the dog's hair out of its eyes.
** Also, the poodle cut, now known for being the prissiest hairstyle one can give their dog, was actually designed to make it easier for the dogs to move through the wetlands, while still protecting vulnerable areas of the body like joints and their chest, which were essential to keep warmer and more protected. In the past, the poodle cut was the sign of a hardworking hunting dog, not a prissy lap pet.
** Poodles actually come in different sizes, a large one would be about the size of a Labrador.

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* An ad for Napa auto parts features a hunter crouched in the marsh with his gun and, instead of a regular hunting dog, he has a fluffy white poodle Poodle with a pink bow in its hair. The tag line is, "Having the wrong auto part makes even less sense." This is absolutely hilarious to anyone who knows that ''poodles ''Poodles were bred to be wetland hunting dogs'', and the dog doesn't care if it's white, fluffy, and wearing a ribbon: when there's a bird to be retrieved, ''it will be retrieved'', no matter the amount of mud involved. Also, those ribbons and poofs and whatnot that look so fancy are ''all'' relics of their hunting days - the ribbons were color-coded to their owners, and those poofs were ''originally'' for the purpose of keeping the dog's hair out of its eyes.
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eyes. Also, the poodle cut, now known for being the prissiest hairstyle one can give their dog, was actually designed to make it easier for the dogs to move through the wetlands, while still protecting vulnerable areas of the body like joints and their chest, which were essential to keep warmer and more protected. In the past, the poodle cut was the sign of a hardworking hunting dog, not a prissy lap pet.
** Poodles actually come in different sizes, a large one would be about the size of a Labrador.
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* At first glance, the wolves of ''WolfsRain'' look realistic and natural, like there is no fantasy in their their designs. For most of them this is a illusion. Hige, Toboe, and most of the minor character wolves are more brown then any real wolf, and every wolf that has markings is over simplified to the point of losing realism. The only truly realistic wolves are the pure white Kiba and [[spoiler:pure black Blue.]] The [[spoiler:pure black Darcia]] would count too, if not for [[spoiler:his eyes being different colors.]] The series does not suffer for this trope, as simplification is needed for animation.
* Similar to the ''WolfsRain'' example, in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' Holo the wolf looks natural but is in reality unrealistic.

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* At first glance, the wolves of ''WolfsRain'' ''Anime/WolfsRain'' look realistic and natural, like there is no fantasy in their their designs. For most of them this is a illusion. Hige, Toboe, and most of the minor character wolves are more brown then any real wolf, and every wolf that has markings is over simplified to the point of losing realism. The only truly realistic wolves are the pure white Kiba and [[spoiler:pure black Blue.]] The [[spoiler:pure black Darcia]] would count too, if not for [[spoiler:his eyes being different colors.]] The series does not suffer for this trope, as simplification is needed for animation.
* Similar to the ''WolfsRain'' ''Wolfs Rain'' example, in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' Holo the wolf looks natural but is in reality unrealistic.



* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge 2: The Meltdown'', there is a creature which is identified as an aardvark, but though it has the ears of an aardvark, it has the bushy tail of a giant anteater, and its snout is weirdly elongated to be reminiscent of an anteater (not an aardvark), but that animal would have a tiny mouth at the tip of its snout, whereas the cartoon critter has its mouth at the base.

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* * ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge 2: The Meltdown'', ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'', there is a creature which is identified as an aardvark, but though it has the ears of an aardvark, it has the bushy tail of a giant anteater, and its snout is weirdly elongated to be reminiscent of an anteater (not an aardvark), but that animal would have a tiny mouth at the tip of its snout, whereas the cartoon critter has its mouth at the base.



* The original ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' films have gorillas as the violent, militaristic apes. But in reality, chimps are known to be much more violent than gorillas. Probably a case of ScienceMarchesOn, as gorillas were often depicted as violent in the past. Also probably why the 2001 version had a chimp as the main antagonist.
** Also, the orangutans are the leaders of the ape society due to their wise looks and supposed social skills... and it's been proven they often live very far from each other (researchers might spend years seeing the same orangutan on a large area).

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* The original ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' films have gorillas as the violent, militaristic apes. But in reality, chimps are known to be much more violent than gorillas. Probably a case of ScienceMarchesOn, as gorillas were often depicted as violent in the past. Also probably why the 2001 version had a chimp as the main antagonist.
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antagonist. Also, the orangutans are the leaders of the ape society due to their wise looks and supposed social skills... and it's been proven they often live very far from each other (researchers might spend years seeing the same orangutan on a large area).



* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and any thing else that portrays spotted hyenas as being dumb and exclusively scavengers. Believe it or not, lions are not as intelligent as hyenas, who are among the most intelligent animals on earth, and lions scavenge more than they do. Hyenas kill 75% of the food they eat whereas lions scavenge over 50% of what they eat. Hyenas prefer to eat their prey alive, mostly due to lions stealing their kills (which, contrary to popular belief, happens more often than the other way around).
** Anytime hyenas are referred to as dogs and/or drawn as resembling such. Despite their canine resemblance, hyenas are actually more closely related to mongoose.

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and any thing else that portrays spotted hyenas as being dumb and exclusively scavengers. Believe it or not, lions are not as intelligent as hyenas, who are among the most intelligent animals on earth, and lions scavenge more than they do. Hyenas kill 75% of the food they eat whereas lions scavenge over 50% of what they eat. Hyenas prefer to eat their prey alive, mostly due to lions stealing their kills (which, contrary to popular belief, happens more often than the other way around).
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around). Anytime hyenas are referred to as dogs and/or drawn as resembling such.such is this as well. Despite their canine resemblance, hyenas are actually more closely related to mongoose.



* An infamous example in ''Film/{{Beastmaster}}'', with the ''very'' un-ferret-like behavior and vocalizations by Kodo and Podo. Several scenes show the ferrets gnawing through ropes in a manner more typical of movie-hero rodents, and although ferrets ''do'' have vocalizations, they rarely make them outside of play or as an alarm call, and certainly don't make the squeaking sounds they're depicted making in the films. They pair of them are also identical in size, yet are shown to have produced babies at the end; real male ferrets are ''much'' larger than females.

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* An infamous example in ''Film/{{Beastmaster}}'', with the ''very'' un-ferret-like behavior and vocalizations by Kodo and Podo. Several scenes show the ferrets gnawing through ropes in a manner more typical of movie-hero rodents, and although ferrets ''do'' have vocalizations, they rarely make them outside of play or as an alarm call, and certainly don't make the squeaking sounds they're depicted making in the films. They The pair of them are also identical in size, yet are shown to have produced babies at the end; real male ferrets are ''much'' larger than females.females.
* Several works by Creator/DingoPictures prominently feature a raccoon, a squirrel, and two gophers that for some reason move like a kangaroo! "Legend of Atlantis" had dolphins with nostrils on the base of their beaks instead of blowholes on the top of their heads.



* A weasel-like [[Toys/BeanieBabies Beanie Baby]] named Runner has Mustelidae officially listed as its species. The "[[http://www.aboutbeanies.com/display.cgi?bn=00576 mean poem]]" that the toy was originally released with (itself a CrowningMomentOfFunny for the franchise) all but stated that it was a mongoose, while the replacement poem said that it could be "a ferret, mongoose, weasel or mink." Although the other three species are legitimately mustelids, mongoose are kind of on their own classification-wise, and are actually more closely related to felines and hyenas than anything else.

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* ''Toys/BeanieBabies'':
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A weasel-like [[Toys/BeanieBabies Beanie Baby]] Baby named Runner has Mustelidae officially listed as its species. The "[[http://www.aboutbeanies.com/display.cgi?bn=00576 mean poem]]" that the toy was originally released with (itself a CrowningMomentOfFunny for the franchise) all but stated that it was a mongoose, while the replacement poem said that it could be "a ferret, mongoose, weasel or mink." Although the other three species are legitimately mustelids, mongoose are kind of on their own classification-wise, and are actually more closely related to felines and hyenas than anything else.



** For that matter, they're nearly all colored brown, one color nonhuman apes DON'T come in.

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** For that matter, they're nearly all colored brown, one color nonhuman non-human apes DON'T come in.



* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'':
** Pretty much okay as a title for the game, yet everyone seems to call the titular primates monkeys.
*** The original title was "saru getchu"; Saru meaning monkey.
* [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Knuckles]] looks nothing like an echidna. Not even remotely. Few ''Sonic'' characters resemble the animals they are based on, with Tails being the closest to looking like an actual fox (barring the [[HeliCritter two tails]], of course).

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* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'':
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''VideoGame/ApeEscape'': Pretty much okay as a title for the game, yet everyone seems to call the titular primates monkeys.
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monkeys. This is a case of LostInTranslation, as the original title was "saru getchu"; Saru meaning monkey.
* [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Knuckles]] ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Knuckles
looks nothing like an echidna. Not even remotely. Few ''Sonic'' characters resemble the animals they are based on, with Tails being the closest to looking like an actual fox (barring the [[HeliCritter two tails]], of course).



*** And the less said about countries which mistranslated "hedgehog" as "porcupine", the better (though ironically, Sonic being a porcupine would make Robotnik's "rodent" assessment accurate).

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*** And the less said about ** Several countries which mistranslated "hedgehog" as "porcupine", the better (though "porcupine"(though ironically, Sonic being a porcupine would make Robotnik's "rodent" assessment accurate).



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', someone pitches ideas for an "inaction figure" based on Perry the Platypus, one of which is "The Mad Marauding Marsupial of Death." Right continent, wrong kind of mammal. The platypus is a monotreme, not a marsupial. Ferb also once stated that the platypus is the only mammal that lays eggs; this is inaccurate, as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna Echidna]] also lays eggs.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', episode, someone pitches ideas for an "inaction figure" based on Perry the Platypus, one of which is "The Mad Marauding Marsupial of Death." Right continent, wrong kind of mammal. The platypus is a monotreme, not a marsupial. Ferb also once stated that the platypus is the only mammal that lays eggs; this is inaccurate, as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna Echidna]] also lays eggs.



* [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Ron Stoppable]]'s pet naked mole rat, Rufus. First of all, Rufus would likely die very quickly on its own, even if it had an owner: Naked mole rats are eusocial mammals much like ants and termites. Second, he's a cold-blooded mammal, one of nature's few surviving ones. Good luck to Ron in trying to regulate its body temperature as mole rats usually do (via the warmth of their colony or the coolness of their inner dens). And third, his diet would likely not consist of cheese from his buddy's world famous Naco; in fact, it's more likely to want potatoes and yams, when it's not eating its own poop. Yes, you heard right: Naked mole rats eat their own and other mole rat's feces, in order to re-digest the hard tubers of its normal diet.
* Several works by Creator/DingoPictures prominently feature a raccoon, a squirrel, and two gophers that for some reason move like a kangaroo! "Legend of Atlantis" had dolphins with nostrils on the base of their beaks instead of blowholes on the top of their heads.
* One episode of ''TheSnorks'' had what's clearly a baleen whale referred to as a killer whale. To make it worse, it seemed to be trying to eat a baby whale.

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* [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron Stoppable]]'s Stoppable's pet naked mole rat, Rufus. First of all, Rufus would likely die very quickly on its own, even if it had an owner: Naked mole rats are eusocial mammals much like ants and termites. Second, he's a cold-blooded mammal, one of nature's few surviving ones. Good luck to Ron in trying to regulate its body temperature as mole rats usually do (via the warmth of their colony or the coolness of their inner dens). And third, his diet would likely not consist of cheese from his buddy's world famous Naco; in fact, it's more likely to want potatoes and yams, when it's not eating its own poop. Yes, you heard right: Naked mole rats eat their own and other mole rat's feces, in order to re-digest the hard tubers of its normal diet.
* Several works by Creator/DingoPictures prominently feature a raccoon, a squirrel, and two gophers that for some reason move like a kangaroo! "Legend of Atlantis" had dolphins with nostrils on the base of their beaks instead of blowholes on the top of their heads.
* One episode of ''TheSnorks'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks'' had what's clearly a baleen whale referred to as a killer whale. To make it worse, it seemed to be trying to eat a baby whale.


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* One episode of ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' features a possum making rodent noises.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' has more than a few cases of inaccurate facts involving animals, despite it being an edutainment cartoon. For example hyenas are described as scavengers when they hunt just as much, if not more, than they scavenge (and we even see hyenas hunting in-series).
4th Apr '16 1:32:48 PM Pichu-kun
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* Somewhat averted, surprisingly enough, in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. While real ponies can't talk, aren't colored in pastel colors, and don't have magically appearing pictures on their flanks indicating what career they're going to have, the show is quite accurate in other respects. In particular, the ponies (mostly) move in realistic ways for equines, with their joints and legs moving in the proper order (something many other forms of media get wrong). There're also small touches, like ponies putting their ears back when angry or afraid, accurate references to equine anatomy in the song "The Art of the Dress", and so on. On the other hand they are able to eat stuff that would normally be poisonous to real ponies, like chocolate or quince. Any complaints about the differences pretty quickly begin to look like arbitrary nit-picking. they pretty clearly aren't ''meant'' to be particularly realistic.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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Somewhat averted, surprisingly enough, in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.enough. While real ponies can't talk, aren't colored in pastel colors, and don't have magically appearing pictures on their flanks indicating what career they're going to have, the show is quite accurate in other respects. In particular, the ponies (mostly) move in realistic ways for equines, with their joints and legs moving in the proper order (something many other forms of media get wrong). There're also small touches, like ponies putting their ears back when angry or afraid, accurate references to equine anatomy in the song "The Art of the Dress", and so on. On the other hand they are able to eat stuff that would normally be poisonous to real ponies, like chocolate or quince. Any complaints about the differences pretty quickly begin to look like arbitrary nit-picking. they pretty clearly aren't ''meant'' to be particularly realistic.



** {{Averted}} in the [[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials G1]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends cartoons]]. They're probably the most accurate of the generations so far. The horses acted like horses and moved like them, especially in the first two specials. The cartoon series and TheMovie were more anthropomorphic but still were not to the same degree as G4.


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* Episode 7 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'' has a scene with a fox hunting a rabbit. The fox makes noises that are probably stock dog noises, and the rabbit ''squeaks'' like a rodent.
25th Mar '16 8:08:09 PM supergod
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* The wolf mounts in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have giant saber canines in their lower jaws, which real wolves do not have. Many (though not all) cats in the game have saber-teeth, which only a single group of cats ever actually had. Certain skeletal horse mounts have horns, although it might just be [[RuleOfCool an aesthetic addition]].

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* The wolf mounts A few examples in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have giant saber canines in their lower jaws, which real wolves do not have. Many (though not all) cats in the game have saber-teeth, which only a single group of cats ever actually had. Certain skeletal horse mounts have horns, although it might just be [[RuleOfCool an aesthetic addition]].



** Orcas apparently produce humpback whale song. When fighting, no less.
*** [[RuleOfCool They also have unicorn horns]] and [[PredatorsAreMean attack players for no apparent reason.]] You might have to [[ArtisticLicense take all that with a grain of salt.]]
13th Mar '16 6:05:02 AM Sharlee
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* Elephants and camels do not have "four knees". They have the same limb joints - shoulder, elbow and wrist in front; hip, knee and ankle in back - as every other mammal. They merely have thick callouses on the anterior sides of their wrists, which ''look'' something like their actual knees' surfaces.
28th Feb '16 11:39:22 PM schoi30
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* Anteaters in cartoons are sometimes depicted with flexible snouts like an elephant's trunk. Real anteaters' snouts are bony, unlike the boneless, muscle-filled trunk of an elephant, and thus cannot flex their snout around like elephants.

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* Anteaters in cartoons are sometimes depicted with flexible snouts like an elephant's trunk. Real anteaters' snouts are bony, unlike the boneless, muscle-filled trunk of an elephant, and thus cannot flex their snout around like elephants. Not to mention they are sometimes portrayed having their mouths at the base of the snout, when real anteaters have mouths located at the tip.
14th Jan '16 4:40:13 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* Anteaters in cartoons are sometimes depicted with flexible snouts like an elephant's trunk. Real anteaters' snouts are bony, unlike the boneless, muscle-filled trunk of an elephant, and thus cannot flex their snout around like elephants.
13th Jan '16 10:45:24 AM Badger96
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**{{Literature/Animorphs}} is a particularly egregious example. Reversing knees happens a lot, among several other failures.
13th Jan '16 10:37:25 AM Badger96
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**[[spoiler: Considering that ''he swings from his tail'', it still invokes this trope. Mice do not have prehensile tails, nor can the tails support the weight of a mouse for more than a couple of seconds.]]
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