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29th Aug '16 8:09:11 PM EdnaWalker
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On a side note, expect all swans you see in pop culture to be white. [[PaletteSwap Black swans (or just black-necked ones)]] do exist, but they're only native to Australia and South America respectively, which explains why Western culture never even heard of them until around the 18th century or so. In fact, black swans were for a good while used as metaphors for something which could not exist, and later for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory something whose existence couldn't be predicted but is later rationalized as predictable]].

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On a side note, expect all swans you see in pop culture to be white. [[PaletteSwap Black swans (or just and black-necked ones)]] swans]] do exist, but they're only native to Australia and South America respectively, which explains why Western culture never even heard of them until around the 18th century or so. In fact, black swans were for a good while used as metaphors for something which could not exist, and later for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory something whose existence couldn't be predicted but is later rationalized as predictable]].
29th Jul '16 9:10:16 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* In ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'', two swans say Jimbo and Rose are not so graceful as swans, but they are as romantic.


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* In ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'', two swans say Jimbo and Rose are not so graceful as swans, but they are as romantic.
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29th Jul '16 9:10:03 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* Zig-zagged by ComicBook/WonderWoman villain the Silver Swan. The three women to have worn the identity are all fairly dangerous individuals armed with a deadly [[MakeMeWannaShout "Swan Song"]], but all of them fall under TragicVillain to one extent or another, having their insecurities manipulated by worse (usually male) villains.
29th Jul '16 9:06:00 AM Rubber_Lotus
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On a side note, expect all swans you see in pop culture to be white. [[PaletteSwap Black swans (or just black-necked ones]] do exist, but they're only native to Australia and South America respectively, which explains why Western culture never even heard of them until around the 18th century or so. In fact, black swans were for a good while used as metaphors for something which could not exist, and later for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory something whose existence couldn't be predicted but is later rationalized as predictable]].

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On a side note, expect all swans you see in pop culture to be white. [[PaletteSwap Black swans (or just black-necked ones]] ones)]] do exist, but they're only native to Australia and South America respectively, which explains why Western culture never even heard of them until around the 18th century or so. In fact, black swans were for a good while used as metaphors for something which could not exist, and later for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory something whose existence couldn't be predicted but is later rationalized as predictable]].
13th May '16 6:04:08 PM Theriocephalus
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A lot of portrayals of swans in the media paint them as beautiful, peaceful birds, which isn't surprising considering that they're nigh exclusively herbivorous. That said, however, peaceful they ain't -- thanks to media depictions of them as almost angelic in behavior, only a select few people know that a pissed-off swan will '''[[KillerRabbit MESS YOU UP.]]''' Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped folklore from portraying them as symbols of purity, because their imagery is very similar to that of angels, and that includes the white feathers. Many {{Shapeshifting Lover}}s are swans.

On a side note, expect all swans you see in pop culture to be white. Please quietly ignore the fact that [[PaletteSwap black swans]] CAN and DO exist. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Of course, they're only native to Australia, which may explain why Western countries never even heard of them until around the 18th century or so.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory There is a concept]] based on black swans and their existence being a fluke, but can be explained.

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A lot of portrayals of swans in the media paint them as beautiful, peaceful birds, which isn't surprising considering that they're nigh exclusively nigh-exclusively herbivorous. That said, however, peaceful they ain't -- thanks to media depictions of them as almost angelic in behavior, only a select few not many people know realize swans are very territorial birds and that a pissed-off swan will '''[[KillerRabbit MESS YOU UP.]]''' ''[[KillerRabbit mess you up.]]'' Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped folklore and fiction from portraying them swans as symbols of purity, because their imagery is very similar to that of angels, and that includes the white feathers.feathers, and everyone knows that LightIsGood. They have also been used as symbols of love, due to their monogamous habits and the heart shape their necks make when two swans face each other. Many {{Shapeshifting Lover}}s are swans.

On a side note, expect all swans you see in pop culture to be white. Please quietly ignore the fact that [[PaletteSwap black swans]] CAN and DO exist. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Of course, Black swans (or just black-necked ones]] do exist, but they're only native to Australia, Australia and South America respectively, which may explain explains why Western countries culture never even heard of them until around the 18th century or so.]] [[http://en.so. In fact, black swans were for a good while used as metaphors for something which could not exist, and later for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory There is a concept]] based on black swans and their something whose existence being a fluke, couldn't be predicted but can be explained.
is later rationalized as predictable]].
10th May '16 12:57:28 AM erforce
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Princess Bubblegum has a swan that she rides around on, that can [[FrickinLaserBeams shoot laser beams]] [[CrazyAwesome out of its eyes]]. She pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment and puts in a Film/{{Terminator}} ShoutOut along with it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Princess Bubblegum has a swan that she rides around on, that can [[FrickinLaserBeams shoot laser beams]] [[CrazyAwesome out of its eyes]]. She pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment and puts in a Film/{{Terminator}} ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' ShoutOut along with it.
3rd May '16 9:32:35 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the variants of the ChivalricRomance ''The Swan Children'', the bride is more or less clearly a swan-maiden; she gives birth to children who are first [[MosesInTheBullrushes exposed]] and then [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting transformed into swans]] by removing the chains they wear about their necks. When this is discovered, the children are changed back by restoring -- except that one chain was melted down, trapping that child in swan form.

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* In the variants of the ChivalricRomance ''The Swan Children'', the bride is more or less clearly a swan-maiden; she gives birth to children who are first [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes exposed]] and then [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting transformed into swans]] by removing the chains they wear about their necks. When this is discovered, the children are changed back by restoring -- except that one chain was melted down, trapping that child in swan form.
2nd Apr '16 1:01:33 AM Joysweeper
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* Catherine-Marie Cygne of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' has the head and part of the neck of a swan. Described as 'sorry-looking', she's an impoverished flower-seller.
6th Feb '16 11:16:11 AM nombretomado
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* The Sydney Swans are an AustralianRulesFootball team based in Sydney, Australia.

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* The Sydney Swans are an AustralianRulesFootball UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball team based in Sydney, Australia.
7th Jan '16 3:01:14 PM StFan
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Yes, you heard me right - ''[[SickeningCrunch their wings can break human bone.]]''

A lot of portrayals of swans in the media paint them as beautiful, peaceful birds, which isn't surprising considering that they're nigh exclusively herbivorous. That said, however, peaceful they ain't - thanks to media depictions of them as almost angelic in behavior, only a select few people know that a pissed-off swan will '''[[KillerRabbit MESS YOU UP.]]''' Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped folklore from portraying them as symbols of purity, because their imagery is very similar to that of angels, and that includes the white feathers. Many {{Shapeshifting Lover}}s are swans.

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Yes, you heard me right - -- ''[[SickeningCrunch their wings can break human bone.]]''

A lot of portrayals of swans in the media paint them as beautiful, peaceful birds, which isn't surprising considering that they're nigh exclusively herbivorous. That said, however, peaceful they ain't - -- thanks to media depictions of them as almost angelic in behavior, only a select few people know that a pissed-off swan will '''[[KillerRabbit MESS YOU UP.]]''' Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped folklore from portraying them as symbols of purity, because their imagery is very similar to that of angels, and that includes the white feathers. Many {{Shapeshifting Lover}}s are swans.






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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'', two swans say Jimbo and Rose are not so graceful as swans, but they are as romantic.
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* Disney/PeterPan briefly landed on a pair of swans and rode on them as if they were waterskis while taking the Darling children to Neverland during the song "You Can Fly!"

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* Disney/PeterPan ''Disney/PeterPan'': Peter Pan briefly landed on a pair of swans and rode on them as if they were waterskis while taking the Darling children to Neverland during the song "You Can Fly!"



* The literary fairy tale "Literature/TheUglyDuckling" by Creator/HansChristianAndersen tells the story of a cygnet ostracised by his fellow barnyard fowl because of his perceived homeliness. To his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a graceful swan, the most beautiful bird of all.

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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen:
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The literary fairy tale "Literature/TheUglyDuckling" by Creator/HansChristianAndersen tells the story of a cygnet ostracised ostracized by his fellow barnyard fowl because of his perceived homeliness. To his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a graceful swan, the most beautiful bird of all.all.
** The tale "The Wild Swans" is similar to "Literature/TheChildrenOfLir". The king has eleven sons and one daughter, named Elisa. The evil stepmother turns the eleven brothers into swans and banishes Elisa, an interesting exception to the tradition of swan maidens.



* In the variants of the ChivalricRomance ''The Swan Children'', the bride is more or less clearly a swan-maiden; she gives birth to children who are first [[MosesInTheBullrushes exposed]] and then [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting transformed into swans]] by removing the chains they wear about their necks. When this is discovered, the children are changed back by restoring -- except that one chain was melted down, trapping that child in swan form.



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* On the seventh day of TheTwelveDaysOfChristmas, my true love gave to me the TropeNamer, along with many, many other presents.
* In Pyotr Tchaikovsky's famous ballet ''Theatre/SwanLake'', the protagonist Odette is turned into a swan. Prince Siegfried, her lover, has to find a way to turn her back to normal again so they can have their BabiesEverAfter ending together.
* Rimsky-Korsakov's ''Legend of the Tsar Saltan'' (the opera "Flight of the Bumblebee" comes from) is based on a traditional story about a prince who saves the life of a swan princess.

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[[folder:Music and Theatre]]
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* On the seventh day of TheTwelveDaysOfChristmas, "Music/TheTwelveDaysOfChristmas", my true love gave to me the TropeNamer, along with many, many other presents.
* In Pyotr Tchaikovsky's famous ballet ''Theatre/SwanLake'', the protagonist Odette is turned into a swan. Prince Siegfried, her lover, has to find a way to turn her back to normal again so they can have their BabiesEverAfter ending together.
* Rimsky-Korsakov's ''Legend of the Tsar Saltan'' (the opera "Flight of the Bumblebee" comes from) is based on a traditional story about a prince who saves the life of a swan princess.
presents.



* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'' costumes the duo straps performers for "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" as stylized swans: one white, one black.



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* In Finnish Mythology, the swan is associated with Tuonela, the Underworld. Pretty much the only way swans represent LightIsNotGood.
** In the same mythology it's also forbidden to kill a swan. The AntiHero Lemminkäinen in Literature/TheKalevala dies after killing a swan. (He gets better, though)
** Swans (or occasionally other waterfowl) are traditionally viewed as holy in many other Finno-Ugric/Uralic cultures as well which might be a remnant of an ancient religion.
* Zeus, the king of the Greek Gods, seduced Leda, Queen of Sparta, in the form of a swan.

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[[folder:Mythology, Folklore, and [[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In Finnish Mythology, the swan is associated with Tuonela, the Underworld. Pretty much the only way swans represent LightIsNotGood.
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LightIsNotGood. In the same mythology it's also forbidden to kill a swan. The AntiHero Lemminkäinen in Literature/TheKalevala dies after killing a swan. (He gets better, though)
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though) Swans (or occasionally other waterfowl) are traditionally viewed as holy in many other Finno-Ugric/Uralic cultures as well which might be a remnant of an ancient religion.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology:
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Zeus, the king of the Greek Gods, seduced Leda, Queen of Sparta, in the form of a swan.



* Swans also appear in Irish mythology. For example, the Irish legend "Literature/TheChildrenOfLir" is about a stepmother transforming her children into swans for 900 years. In another instance, in the legend "Literature/TheWooingOfEtain", the king of the Sidhe transforms himself and the most beautiful woman in Ireland, Etain, into swans to escape from the king of Ireland and Ireland's armies.

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* Myth/CelticMythology:
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Swans also appear in Irish mythology. For example, the Irish legend "Literature/TheChildrenOfLir" is about a stepmother transforming her children into swans for 900 years. In another instance, in the legend "Literature/TheWooingOfEtain", the king of the Sidhe transforms himself and the most beautiful woman in Ireland, Etain, into swans to escape from the king of Ireland and Ireland's armies.



* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's tale "The Wild Swans" is similar to "Literature/TheChildrenOfLir". The king has eleven sons and one daughter, named Elisa. The evil stepmother turns the eleven brothers into swans and banishes Elisa, an interesting exception to the tradition of swan maidens.



* In the variants of the ChivalricRomance ''The Swan Children'', the bride is more or less clearly a swan-maiden; she gives birth to children who are first [[MosesInTheBullrushes exposed]] and then [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting transformed into swans]] by removing the chains they wear about their necks. When this is discovered, the children are changed back by restoring -- except that one chain was melted down, trapping that child in swan form.



* Lohengrin, one of the [[KingArthur Knights of the Round Table]], was known as the Knight of the Swan and is often shown in a boat pulled by swans.

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* Lohengrin, one of the [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Knights of the Round Table]], was known as the Knight of the Swan and is often shown in a boat pulled by swans.



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* In ''RoseIsRose'', two swans say Jimbo and Rose are not so graceful as swans, but they are as romantic.

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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''RoseIsRose'', two swans say Jimbo and Rose are not Pyotr Tchaikovsky's famous ballet ''Theatre/SwanLake'', the protagonist Odette is turned into a swan. Prince Siegfried, her lover, has to find a way to turn her back to normal again so graceful as swans, but they are can have their BabiesEverAfter ending together.
* Rimsky-Korsakov's ''Legend of the Tsar Saltan'' (the opera "Flight of the Bumblebee" comes from) is based on a traditional story about a prince who saves the life of a swan princess.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'' costumes the duo straps performers for "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
as romantic.stylized swans: one white, one black.



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