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21st Oct '16 5:02:34 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the rather intelligent "mules" wear [[OurDragonsAreDifferent scales and breathe fire]]. The key to Valyrian-brand dragon-riding seems rather geared towards making bloody sure the individual dragon both knows you and really, ''really'' likes you before you try asking it to do anything it might object to. Thwacking one with a stick when it decides it wants to snooze or because it's in the way is categorically ''not'' recommended. No more than walking up to one who doesn't know you and acting chummy is, even if you have the right bloodline -- more than one princeling found this out over the years. [[FoodAsBribe Possitive]] [[BondCreatures reinforcement]], yay!


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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the rather intelligent "mules" wear [[OurDragonsAreDifferent scales and breathe fire]]. The key to Valyrian-brand dragon-riding seems rather geared towards making bloody sure the individual dragon both knows you and really, ''really'' likes you before you try asking it to do anything it might object to. Thwacking one with a stick when it decides it wants to snooze or because it's in the way is categorically ''not'' recommended. [[KillItWithFire categorically]] ''[[ManOnFire not]]'' [[TooDumbToLive recommended]]. No more than walking up to one who doesn't know you you, let alone accept you, and acting overly chummy is, even if you definitely have the right bloodline -- more than one Targaryen and Valeryon princeling found this out over the years. [[FoodAsBribe Possitive]] [[BondCreatures reinforcement]], yay!

10th Aug '16 12:01:44 AM Euodiachloris
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\n* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the rather intelligent "mules" wear [[OurDragonsAreDifferent scales and breathe fire]]. The key to Valyrian-brand dragon-riding seems rather geared towards making bloody sure the individual dragon both knows you and really, ''really'' likes you before you try asking it to do anything it might object to. Thwacking one with a stick when it decides it wants to snooze or because it's in the way is categorically ''not'' recommended. No more than walking up to one who doesn't know you and acting chummy is, even if you have the right bloodline -- more than one princeling found this out over the years. [[FoodAsBribe Possitive]] [[BondCreatures reinforcement]], yay!

5th Jul '16 5:13:08 PM nombretomado
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* The [[AmericanPoliticalSystem American Democratic Party]] has a donkey for a symbol. This is sometimes said to originate--like so many American political terms--with an insult: namely, calling Democrats "jackasses" because they supported [[AndrewJackson Andrew]] '''[[AndrewJackson Jack]]'''[[AndrewJackson son]]. However, the link between the Dems and the donkey was cemented by [[PoliticalCartoon political cartoonist]] Thomas Nast in the late 19th century, who drew the Democrats as a donkey stubbornly but futilely kicking the Republican elephant (itself chosen to represent the GOP's domination over [[TheGildedAge Gilded Age]] politics). Democrats continue to emphasize the use of the donkey as a representation of stubbornness...although today, the ''reason'' for the donkey's stubbornness (intelligence) is also emphasized.

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* The [[AmericanPoliticalSystem American Democratic Party]] has a donkey for a symbol. This is sometimes said to originate--like so many American political terms--with an insult: namely, calling Democrats "jackasses" because they supported [[AndrewJackson [[UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson Andrew]] '''[[AndrewJackson Jack]]'''[[AndrewJackson '''[[UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson Jack]]'''[[UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson son]]. However, the link between the Dems and the donkey was cemented by [[PoliticalCartoon political cartoonist]] Thomas Nast in the late 19th century, who drew the Democrats as a donkey stubbornly but futilely kicking the Republican elephant (itself chosen to represent the GOP's domination over [[TheGildedAge Gilded Age]] politics). Democrats continue to emphasize the use of the donkey as a representation of stubbornness...although today, the ''reason'' for the donkey's stubbornness (intelligence) is also emphasized.
27th Jun '16 2:56:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''AnimalFarm'': Benjamin the donkey is never taken in for a moment by the pigs' false promises of Utopia, and refuses to undertake extra labor for it as some of the more idealistic animals do.
* Invoked in MercedesLackey's ''The Fairy Godmother'', the first of her ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. A stubborn prince who behaves like an ass finds himself [[InvoluntaryTransformation transformed into one]]. His asinine behavior persists for some time until he loses some of his pride and subsequently reforms.

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* ''AnimalFarm'': ''Literature/AnimalFarm'': Benjamin the donkey is never taken in for a moment by the pigs' false promises of Utopia, and refuses to undertake extra labor for it as some of the more idealistic animals do.
* Invoked in MercedesLackey's Creator/MercedesLackey's ''The Fairy Godmother'', the first of her ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. A stubborn prince who behaves like an ass finds himself [[InvoluntaryTransformation transformed into one]]. His asinine behavior persists for some time until he loses some of his pride and subsequently reforms.
13th Mar '16 9:37:40 PM GrammarNavi
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* Invoked in MercedesLackey's ''The Fairy Godmother'', the first of her TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms series. A stubborn prince who behaves like an ass finds himself [[InvoluntaryTransformation transformed into one]]. His asinine behavior persists for some time until he loses some of his pride and subsequently reforms.

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* Invoked in MercedesLackey's ''The Fairy Godmother'', the first of her TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. A stubborn prince who behaves like an ass finds himself [[InvoluntaryTransformation transformed into one]]. His asinine behavior persists for some time until he loses some of his pride and subsequently reforms.
7th Nov '15 5:42:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''RedDeadRedemption'', while traveling through Mexico, you'll occasionally encounter a peasant leading his donkey down the road. The peasant will loudly and repeatedly curse the beast in Spanish. And that you can ride donkeys, but there's some downsides. Donkeys won't jump, they can't run as fast as a horse, and if you try putting a hogtied person on one, it won't work.

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\n* In ''RedDeadRedemption'', ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', while traveling through Mexico, you'll occasionally encounter a peasant leading his donkey down the road. The peasant will loudly and repeatedly curse the beast in Spanish. And that you can ride donkeys, but there's some downsides. Donkeys won't jump, they can't run as fast as a horse, and if you try putting a hogtied person on one, it won't work.
work.



22nd Oct '15 4:10:29 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' cutaway, where a mule plays the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, and refuses to admit that he was in ''{{Footloose}}''.
* Averted in {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheSmallOne'' (directed by Creator/DonBluth) in which the eponymous ass is gentle, patient, and quite amazingly self-sacrificing.

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* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' cutaway, where a mule plays the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, and refuses to admit that he was in ''{{Footloose}}''.
''Film/{{Footloose}}''.
* Averted in {{Disney}}'s Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheSmallOne'' (directed by Creator/DonBluth) in which the eponymous ass is gentle, patient, and quite amazingly self-sacrificing.
17th Jun '15 2:54:27 AM eroock
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->''"In order to get the animal's attention, first rap it between the ears with a stout stick.''

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->''"In order to get the animal's attention, first rap it between the ears with a stout stick.''"''
17th Jun '15 2:54:19 AM eroock
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''"In order to get the animal's attention, first rap it between the ears with a stout stick.''
->- A U.S. Army manual on dealing with mules

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''"In ->''"In order to get the animal's attention, first rap it between the ears with a stout stick.''
->- -->-- A U.S. Army manual on dealing with mules
15th Jun '15 5:43:19 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[{{Troperrific}} (of course)]] has Applejack, who's actually less patient then an ''actual'' mule. Another case has Cranky Doodle Donkey, who's old, set in his ways, and very, ''very'' unwilling to deal with Pinkie Pie. After a while, you start to empathize with him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[{{Troperrific}} (of course)]] has Applejack, who's ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Applejack is
actually less patient then an ''actual'' mule. Another case has Cranky Doodle Donkey, who's old, set in his ways, and very, ''very'' unwilling to deal with Pinkie Pie. After a while, you start to empathize with him.
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