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16th Apr '16 4:08:58 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* From Music/{{Gloryhammer}}'s first album, ''Tales from the Kingdom of Fife'', we get a subversion of the usual unicorn tropes: These unicorns are undead and dangerous, under the control of EvilSorcerer Zargothrax. It is sung that
-->The unicorns used to be good
-->Now they are forced to serve Hell.
-->-- "The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee"
** On the second album, ''Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards'', it is revealed that the "Questlords of Inverness" can travel through time, and are called "Unicorn Defenders, Unafraid to Die" in "Questlords of Inverness, ride to the Galactic Fortress."
12th Apr '16 5:22:49 PM Nightmask
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* One Conan the Barbarian comic from the B&W super-sized comics had him 'hired' to retrieve the horn of Unicorn for a ruler who had heard it would cure his impotence. Said unicorn has nothing in common with the myth other than being an equine with a horn, being black and its valley populated by the bones particularly the skulls of everyone who'd tried to capture or kill it. As one of the few survivors of Conan's party after he gives up he tells another survivor to simply take and give the king some ground of bone from some other creature and lie about it being unicorn horn rather than continue in the fool's folly to try and kill the unicorn.
1st Apr '16 11:17:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* Can be unlocked in the first ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'' game by naming a exhibit "{{Xanadu}}". Interestingly, the males are black and orange and the females white. They also sound exactly like the zebras in the game. You could chalk it up to lazy programing, but they bothered to give the wild horses proper neighs...

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* Can be unlocked in the first ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'' game by naming a exhibit "{{Xanadu}}"."Film/{{Xanadu}}". Interestingly, the males are black and orange and the females white. They also sound exactly like the zebras in the game. You could chalk it up to lazy programing, but they bothered to give the wild horses proper neighs...
23rd Mar '16 2:34:33 PM LadyEvil
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* The eponymous theme song for the animated feature TheLastUnicorn was performed by the band {{America}}.

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* The eponymous theme song for the animated feature TheLastUnicorn was performed by the band {{America}}.America.
23rd Mar '16 2:33:26 PM LadyEvil
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* The eponymous theme song for the animated feature TheLastUnicorn was performed by the band {{America}}.
23rd Mar '16 2:28:06 PM LadyEvil
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* TheRealGhostbusters had an episode called "A Hard Knight's Day" where the unicorns on the tapestries in The Cloisters came to life. They had solid hooves, fin-like manes and their horns were long, slender, slightly curved yet strong enough to turn aside a lance. Ray and Winston rode on them. (Winston mentioned having a girlfriend in another episode. Jury still out on Ray's virgin status.) Earlier in the ep, Peter describes unicorns as "ponies with candles growing out of their heads."
19th Mar '16 12:03:09 AM nombretomado
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* In an episode of "AllyMcBeal'' she defends a client who was fired for claiming to have seen a unicorn. During the episode it's revealed that she saw one as a child also at the end she sees one. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane It's implied that unlike most of her visions this one might be real.]]

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* In an episode of "AllyMcBeal'' ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' she defends a client who was fired for claiming to have seen a unicorn. During the episode it's revealed that she saw one as a child also at the end she sees one. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane It's implied that unlike most of her visions this one might be real.]]
18th Mar '16 7:46:08 PM Everdream
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*** The same series also has drastically rarer {{Winged Unicorn}}s who tend to be royalty and near-[[PhysicalGod godlike]] in their power. The ones known so far are Princess Celestia (whose power is to control the sun), Princess Luna (who controls the moon and [[DreamWalker dreams]]), Princess [[MeaningfulName Mi Amore]] Cadenza, a.k.a. Cadence/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Cadance]] (who has power over love) and [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle herself, who was transformed into an alicorn and crowned a princess at the close of the third season, and was declared Princess of [[ThePowerOfFriendship Friendship]] at the end of the fourth season]].

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*** The same series also has drastically rarer {{Winged Unicorn}}s who tend to be royalty and near-[[PhysicalGod godlike]] in their power. The ones known so far are Princess Celestia (whose power is to control the sun), Princess Luna (who controls the moon and [[DreamWalker dreams]]), Princess [[MeaningfulName Mi Amore]] Cadenza, a.k.a. Cadence/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Cadance]] (who has power over love) love), [[spoiler: Flurry Heart]] (it's not yet known what she can do), and [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle herself, who was transformed into an alicorn and crowned a princess at the close of the third season, and was declared Princess of [[ThePowerOfFriendship Friendship]] at the end of the fourth season]].
18th Mar '16 7:17:21 PM Goldfritha
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Either way, when they're good, the most important unicorn-association is [[PurityPersonified purity]]; [[UnicornsAreSacred harming one can often be a sign that a character is a villain]]. Indeed, the connections with maidens is probably why the unicorn has become gentle in popular culture and myth for several centuries. In modern days, unicorns are often part of a SugarBowl theme. Portraying unicorns as aggressive is one of the more common fantasy subversions - or perhaps the writers of today still haven't forgotten Pliny's vicious unicorn. The Virgin and the Unicorn pairing is also open to the same harking back to the original joke. It's a resurgance not unlike the reappearance of TheFairFolk.

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Either way, when they're good, the most important unicorn-association is [[PurityPersonified purity]]; [[UnicornsAreSacred harming one can often be a sign that a character is a villain]]. Indeed, the connections with maidens is probably why the unicorn has become gentle in popular culture and myth for several centuries. In modern days, unicorns are often part of a SugarBowl theme. Portraying unicorns as aggressive is one of the more common fantasy subversions - or perhaps the writers of today still haven't forgotten Pliny's vicious unicorn. The Virgin and the Unicorn pairing is also open to the same harking back to the original joke. It's a resurgance not unlike the reappearance of TheFairFolk.
TheFairFolk.

Another traditional element of the unicorn that is less popular -- despite its connections to purity -- is the ability of its horn to purify poisoned items and act as a MagicalAntidote to poison.
18th Mar '16 6:28:17 PM Goldfritha
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The switch is linked to one of the most common paired motifs- the Virgin and the Unicorn. [[OnlyTheChosenMayRide Only a virgin-maiden would be able to attract the Unicorn to her.]] According to [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Terry Jones]], though not conventional scholarship, in his researching of medieval folklore he found that the pairing was originally just an old StealthPun -- [[AllWomenAreLustful you send a mythical creature to find a mythical creature.]] Broadly, the story always goes on the lines of the maiden was duped into attracting and soothing her unicorn friend until the hunters who convinced her to do so could attack and kill the unicorn for its horn. Sometimes the maiden is just followed, [[VirginityMakesYouStupid sometimes knowingly involved and tricked.]] The implication is that the unicorn was so fierce and wild [[GoodHurtsEvil only an innocent girl's purity could conquer it]].

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The switch is linked to one of the most common paired motifs- the Virgin and the Unicorn. [[OnlyTheChosenMayRide Only a virgin-maiden would be able to attract the Unicorn to her.]] According to [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Terry Jones]], though not conventional scholarship, in his researching of medieval folklore he found that the pairing was originally just an old StealthPun -- [[AllWomenAreLustful you send a mythical creature to find a mythical creature.]] Broadly, the story always goes on the lines of the maiden was duped into attracting attracts and soothing her soothes the unicorn friend until the hunters who convinced her to do so could attack and kill the unicorn for its horn. Sometimes the maiden is just followed, [[VirginityMakesYouStupid sometimes knowingly involved and tricked.]] The implication is that the unicorn was so fierce and wild [[GoodHurtsEvil only an innocent girl's purity could conquer it]].
it]]. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath What happens if she's not a virgin]] is not popular nowadays; nor is the other medieval way of catching it: tricking it into charging you when you stand in front of a tree, and dodge, and it will be unable to pull itself free.


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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* Unicorns in fairy tales is a -- err -- DeadUnicornTrope. However, one does feature in ''Literature/TheBraveLittleTailor'', who must catch a dangerous unicorn. He gets it to charge a tree.
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