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3rd Mar '17 8:49:28 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XITlmDJ9-Hk Il Bianco e dolce Cigno]], by Charles Arcadelt, ''also'' telling of a swan that sings before it dies. It seems to have been a popular theme in those days.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XITlmDJ9-Hk Il Bianco e dolce Cigno]], by Charles Jaques Arcadelt, ''also'' telling of a swan that sings before it dies. It seems Here, the singer, also dying compares himself to have been a popular theme in those days.the swan: "While he dies singing, I die weeping..."
3rd Mar '17 8:42:44 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} use the black swan motif in their remorse-and-regret laden ''Time to Kill'', which, (in the context of a protracted messy war), regrets the Irish national tendency to kill first without taking too much time to think beforehand.

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* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} use the black swan motif in their remorse-and-regret laden ''Time to Kill'', which, (in the context of a protracted messy war), regrets the Irish national tendency to kill first without taking too much time to think beforehand. ma
* UsefulNotes/RenaissanceMusic: Two prominent madrigal examples:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYvZvAihBP0 The Silver Swan]] by Orlando Gibbons, relating the myth of the swan that sings before it dies. The song also laments that nowadays "more geese than swans" are alive.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XITlmDJ9-Hk Il Bianco e dolce Cigno]], by Charles Arcadelt, ''also'' telling of a swan that sings before it dies. It seems to have been a popular theme in those days.
23rd Feb '17 6:07:12 AM EspyPsyche
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** The UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball team based in Swansea, Wales is referred to as the Swans, and uses a swan as their logo.
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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[[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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* 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.
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