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21st Sep '17 8:26:51 PM Everdream
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The anime more or less follows through with the games' philosophy...until you go back to the first season or so and notice that Ash had cute little Pikachu, Butterfree, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander - and that the Team Rocket trio had a floating naval mine gas cloud, and a giant purple rattlesnake. Later on though, Ash got a Muk ([[MuckMonster essentially a live pile of sludge]]) and Charmander gradually changed into the big, scary -- but badass -- Charizard. Additionally, Team Rocket started a sort of running gag where they acquire increasingly cute Pokémon in the newer seasons. It's also revealed that Ekans and Koffing aren't really evil (although it's stated that ''no'' Pokémon are evil) [[note]] This was never true in the games and in the anime it was {{Retcon}}d years later. [[/note]] In "Island of the Giant Pokémon" they are revealed to be {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and bear no anger or malice towards Pikachu. The first Pokémon Ash captures is a Caterpie. It does evolve soon, but in the meantime Misty gets to scream about it because she's afraid of bugs and thinks it's gross. Also, Ash later gets an adorable Gligar which evolves into Gliscor -- which is a huge, demonic-looking, flying scorpion thing with fangs and batlike ears. It's affectionate and a little slow in the head. But then there's also the uncomfortable realization that Ash's team hardly ever get to evolve. Unless their adult form looks cool.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The anime more or less follows through with the games' philosophy...until you go back to the first season or so and notice that Ash had cute little Pikachu, Butterfree, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander - and that the Team Rocket trio had a floating naval mine gas cloud, and a giant purple rattlesnake. Later on though, Ash got a Muk ([[MuckMonster essentially a live pile of sludge]]) and Charmander gradually changed into the big, scary -- but badass -- Charizard. Additionally, Team Rocket started a sort of running gag where they acquire increasingly cute Pokémon in the newer seasons. It's also revealed that Ekans and Koffing aren't really evil (although it's stated that ''no'' Pokémon are evil) [[note]] This was never true in the games and in the anime it was {{Retcon}}d {{Retcon}}nd years later. [[/note]] In "Island of the Giant Pokémon" they are revealed to be {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and bear no anger or malice towards Pikachu. The first Pokémon Ash captures is a Caterpie. It does evolve soon, but in the meantime Misty gets to scream about it because she's afraid of bugs and thinks it's gross. Also, Ash later gets an adorable Gligar which evolves into Gliscor -- which is a huge, demonic-looking, flying scorpion thing with fangs and batlike ears. It's affectionate and a little slow in the head. But then there's also the uncomfortable realization that Ash's team hardly ever get to evolve. Unless their adult form looks cool.



* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the fic ''Fanfic/NatureStudies'' deals with the Animal Management Unit at the Guild of Assassins, where an animal (or plant) species has to be seriously non-cute just to be considered for selection. The Assassins prize animals for other reasons than cute; they have to be ''professionally'' interesting. Although Johanna and the girl students are female enough to consider ''cute'' is a bonus. There are some definitely non-cute animals hiding in post boxes in Ankh-Morpork as a result of the Post Office mis-applying its enthusiasm... (see ''Discworld/MakingMoney'')

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the fic ''Fanfic/NatureStudies'' deals with the Animal Management Unit at the Guild of Assassins, where an animal (or plant) species has to be seriously non-cute just to be considered for selection. The Assassins prize animals for other reasons than cute; they have to be ''professionally'' interesting. Although Johanna and the girl students are female enough to consider ''cute'' is a bonus. There are some definitely non-cute animals hiding in post boxes in Ankh-Morpork as a result of the Post Office mis-applying its enthusiasm... (see ''Discworld/MakingMoney'')
21st Sep '17 8:23:37 PM Everdream
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The anime more or less follows through with the games' philosophy...until you go back to the first season or so and notice that Ash had cute little Pikachu, Butterfree, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander - and that the Team Rocket trio had a floating naval mine gas cloud, and a giant purple rattlesnake. Later on though, Ash got a Muk ([[MuckMonster essentially a live pile of sludge]]) and Charmander gradually changed into the big, scary -- but badass -- Charizard. Additionally, Team Rocket started a sort of running gag where they acquire increasingly cute Pokémon in the newer seasons. It's also revealed that Ekans and Koffing aren't really evil (although it's stated that ''no'' Pokémon are evil) [[note]] This was never true in the games and in the anime it was {{Retcon}d years later. [[/note]] In "Island of the Giant Pokémon" they are revealed to be {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and bear no anger or malice towards Pikachu. The first Pokémon Ash captures is a Caterpie. It does evolve soon, but in the meantime Misty gets to scream about it because she's afraid of bugs and thinks it's gross. Also, Ash later gets an adorable Gligar which evolves into Gliscor -- which is a huge, demonic-looking, flying scorpion thing with fangs and batlike ears. It's affectionate and a little slow in the head. But then there's also the uncomfortable realization that Ash's team hardly ever get to evolve. Unless their adult form looks cool.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The anime more or less follows through with the games' philosophy...until you go back to the first season or so and notice that Ash had cute little Pikachu, Butterfree, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander - and that the Team Rocket trio had a floating naval mine gas cloud, and a giant purple rattlesnake. Later on though, Ash got a Muk ([[MuckMonster essentially a live pile of sludge]]) and Charmander gradually changed into the big, scary -- but badass -- Charizard. Additionally, Team Rocket started a sort of running gag where they acquire increasingly cute Pokémon in the newer seasons. It's also revealed that Ekans and Koffing aren't really evil (although it's stated that ''no'' Pokémon are evil) [[note]] This was never true in the games and in the anime it was {{Retcon}d {{Retcon}}d years later. [[/note]] In "Island of the Giant Pokémon" they are revealed to be {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and bear no anger or malice towards Pikachu. The first Pokémon Ash captures is a Caterpie. It does evolve soon, but in the meantime Misty gets to scream about it because she's afraid of bugs and thinks it's gross. Also, Ash later gets an adorable Gligar which evolves into Gliscor -- which is a huge, demonic-looking, flying scorpion thing with fangs and batlike ears. It's affectionate and a little slow in the head. But then there's also the uncomfortable realization that Ash's team hardly ever get to evolve. Unless their adult form looks cool.
21st Sep '17 8:23:12 PM Everdream
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The anime more or less follows through with the games' philosophy...until you go back to the first season or so and notice that Ash had cute little Pikachu, Butterfree, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander - and that the Team Rocket trio had a floating naval mine gas cloud, and a giant purple rattlesnake. Later on though, Ash got a Muk ([[MuckMonster essentially a live pile of sludge]]) and Charmander gradually changed into the big, scary -- but badass -- Charizard. Additionally, Team Rocket started a sort of running gag where they acquire increasingly cute Pokémon in the newer seasons. It's also revealed that Ekans and Koffing aren't really evil (although it's stated that ''no'' Pokémon are evil). In "Island of the Giant Pokémon" they are revealed to be {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and bear no anger or malice towards Pikachu. The first Pokémon Ash captures is a Caterpie. It does evolve soon, but in the meantime Misty gets to scream about it because she's afraid of bugs and thinks it's gross. Also, Ash later gets an adorable Gligar which evolves into Gliscor -- which is a huge, demonic-looking, flying scorpion thing with fangs and batlike ears. It's affectionate and a little slow in the head. But then there's also the uncomfortable realization that Ash's team hardly ever get to evolve. Unless their adult form looks cool.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The anime more or less follows through with the games' philosophy...until you go back to the first season or so and notice that Ash had cute little Pikachu, Butterfree, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander - and that the Team Rocket trio had a floating naval mine gas cloud, and a giant purple rattlesnake. Later on though, Ash got a Muk ([[MuckMonster essentially a live pile of sludge]]) and Charmander gradually changed into the big, scary -- but badass -- Charizard. Additionally, Team Rocket started a sort of running gag where they acquire increasingly cute Pokémon in the newer seasons. It's also revealed that Ekans and Koffing aren't really evil (although it's stated that ''no'' Pokémon are evil). evil) [[note]] This was never true in the games and in the anime it was {{Retcon}d years later. [[/note]] In "Island of the Giant Pokémon" they are revealed to be {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and bear no anger or malice towards Pikachu. The first Pokémon Ash captures is a Caterpie. It does evolve soon, but in the meantime Misty gets to scream about it because she's afraid of bugs and thinks it's gross. Also, Ash later gets an adorable Gligar which evolves into Gliscor -- which is a huge, demonic-looking, flying scorpion thing with fangs and batlike ears. It's affectionate and a little slow in the head. But then there's also the uncomfortable realization that Ash's team hardly ever get to evolve. Unless their adult form looks cool.
13th Sep '17 11:00:11 PM Dingbot
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* In what was probably a deliberate ViralMarketing campaign, Ford "accidentally" leaked two [=SportKa=] ads onto the Internet. One depicted a pigeon getting [[LaserGuidedKarma smacked by the car's hood]] before taking a crap on it, and the other depicted a [[OffWithHisHead cat getting it's head bitten]] by the car's sun roof. Guess which one sparked protests.

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* In what was probably a deliberate ViralMarketing campaign, Ford "accidentally" leaked two [=SportKa=] ads onto the Internet. One depicted a pigeon getting [[LaserGuidedKarma smacked by the car's hood]] before taking a crap on it, and the other depicted a [[OffWithHisHead cat getting it's its head bitten]] by the car's sun roof. Guess which one sparked protests.



** They've also made adorable plushies of inanimate objects. What? A cup of earl-gray tea isn't cu-[[http://www.squishable.com/pc/squish_earl_grey_tea_15/fp_squishables/Squishable+Earl+Grey+Tea Aww, look at it's adorable little mustache!]]

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** They've also made adorable plushies of inanimate objects. What? A cup of earl-gray Earl Grey tea isn't cu-[[http://www.squishable.com/pc/squish_earl_grey_tea_15/fp_squishables/Squishable+Earl+Grey+Tea Aww, look at it's its adorable little mustache!]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood'' subverts this for it's first two seasons with non-cute animals as heroes (Weasel, Toad) and a semi-realistic art style that neutralised the animals' features- although arguably if you were a bad animal not part of the band of Farthing Wood friends, you were a bloodthirsty predator that didn't talk. Similarly, it was a-okay for the owls and foxes to eat mice, rats, etc- as long as they were non-talking, non-Farthing wood mice. Then in the third season...whoa. A bunch of rats were introduced to the story, and since they were all evil, they all had over the top, cartoony evil features (Claws! Fangs! Glowing pink eyes!) that didn't fit at all with the rest of the animation. Even then it is played with since one of said cartoonish rats [[WhiteSheep defects to the hero side]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood'' subverts this for it's its first two seasons with non-cute animals as heroes (Weasel, Toad) and a semi-realistic art style that neutralised the animals' features- although arguably if you were a bad animal not part of the band of Farthing Wood friends, you were a bloodthirsty predator that didn't talk. Similarly, it was a-okay for the owls and foxes to eat mice, rats, etc- as long as they were non-talking, non-Farthing wood mice. Then in the third season...whoa. A bunch of rats were introduced to the story, and since they were all evil, they all had over the top, cartoony evil features (Claws! Fangs! Glowing pink eyes!) that didn't fit at all with the rest of the animation. Even then it is played with since one of said cartoonish rats [[WhiteSheep defects to the hero side]].



* Recently in Italy there was a scandal where the presenter of a TV show about cooking gave a recipe in which the main ingredient was cat meat. After a media kerfuffle the presenter was fired, eliciting responses of "Oh, so it's OK to eat chicken, rabbit, and beef, but cats are off-limits?"

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* Recently in Italy there was a scandal where the presenter of a TV show about cooking gave a recipe in which the main ingredient was cat meat. After a media kerfuffle the presenter was fired, eliciting responses of "Oh, so it's OK okay to eat chicken, rabbit, and beef, but cats are off-limits?"
2nd Sep '17 12:34:31 PM Eagal
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* {{Discussed|Trope}} in the opening scene of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' by [[MagnificentBastard Hans Landa]]. He asks a French farmer [[spoiler: who is hiding a Jewish family he is after]] why he hates rats. The farmer replies that rats spread diseases. Landa points out that squirrels are just as likely to carry a disease. He then adds that apart from their tails, rats and squirrels even look similar,
but the farmer probably doesn't hate them. [[FridgeHorror He is basically talking about the irrational nature of hatred, which becomes especially poignant since Nazi propaganda frequently compared Jews to rats]].

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* {{Discussed|Trope}} in the opening scene of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' by [[MagnificentBastard Hans Landa]]. He asks a French farmer [[spoiler: who is hiding a Jewish family he is after]] why he hates rats. The farmer replies that rats spread diseases. Landa points out that squirrels are just as likely to carry a disease. He then adds that apart from their tails, rats and squirrels even look similar,
similar, but the farmer probably doesn't hate them. [[FridgeHorror He is basically talking about the irrational nature of hatred, which becomes especially poignant since Nazi propaganda frequently compared Jews to rats]].
23rd Aug '17 11:45:24 PM Linda58
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** Subverted in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E4Nemesis Nemesis]]" where Chakotay is {{brainwashed}} by human-looking aliens to fight against Franchise/{{Predator}}-looking aliens. In the end it's revealed that the human-looking aliens are the ones who [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters started the fight in the first place]], and the Predator-looking aliens were the ones who saved him from his captivity.

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** Subverted in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E4Nemesis Nemesis]]" where Chakotay is {{brainwashed}} by caught in a war between human-looking aliens to fight against and Franchise/{{Predator}}-looking aliens. In The human ones have a poetic type of speech, fight for their families and home, and are TrueCompanions, and the end it's Predator ones commit rape, genocide, and desecrate the dead ForTheEvulz. It's later revealed that the he's in a simulation being {{brainwashed}} by human-looking aliens are the ones who [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters started the fight in the first place]], aliens, and nothing he's experienced is real. He's ultimately rescued by the Predator-looking aliens were ones, who deny the crimes they are accused and accuse the human-looking ones who saved him from his captivity.of the same atrocities.
23rd Aug '17 11:36:37 PM Linda58
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* {{Discussed|Trope}} in the opening scene of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' by [[MagnificentBastard Hans Landa]]. He asks a French farmer [[spoiler: who is hiding a Jewish family he is after]] why he hates rats. The farmer replies that rats spread diseases. Landa points out that squirrels are just as likely to carry a disease. [[FridgeHorror He is basically talking about the irrational nature of hatred, which becomes especially poignant since Nazi propaganda frequently compared Jews to rats]].

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* {{Discussed|Trope}} in the opening scene of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' by [[MagnificentBastard Hans Landa]]. He asks a French farmer [[spoiler: who is hiding a Jewish family he is after]] why he hates rats. The farmer replies that rats spread diseases. Landa points out that squirrels are just as likely to carry a disease. He then adds that apart from their tails, rats and squirrels even look similar,
but the farmer probably doesn't hate them.
[[FridgeHorror He is basically talking about the irrational nature of hatred, which becomes especially poignant since Nazi propaganda frequently compared Jews to rats]].
12th Aug '17 9:50:48 PM MagiMecha
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the remaining fighters in the Tournament of Power bear witness to the [[MagicalGirl Kamikaze Fireballs']] transformations and many of them are left bewildered by their looks as while Sanka Ku/Kakunsa and Su Roas/Rozie, it's Brianne de Chateau/Ribrianne that has this reaction the most as her transformed state makes her very chubby and fat, so much so that Vegeta actually dodges an easy hit because he's so repulsed by it.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', the remaining fighters in the Tournament of Power bear witness to the [[MagicalGirl Kamikaze Fireballs']] transformations and many of them are left bewildered by their looks as while Sanka Ku/Kakunsa and Su Roas/Rozie, Roas/Rozie still retain decent looks, it's Brianne de Chateau/Ribrianne that has this reaction the most as her transformed state makes her very chubby and fat, so much so that Vegeta actually dodges an easy hit because he's so repulsed by it.
10th Aug '17 3:28:24 AM Boba_Fett88
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* In ''FanFic/MyLittleAnimaniacs'', Dot holds this philosophy. The fact that everything in Equestria is cuter than her really takes a toll on her self-esteem.
8th Aug '17 4:53:04 PM DamagedHen
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* The [[http://uglyanimalsoc.com Ugly Animal Preservation Society]] averts this by fighting for the protection of endangered non-cute species. Their mascot is a [[https://media.mnn.com/assets/images/2017/02/Blobfish-slime-carpet-surface.jpg.696x0_q80_crop-smart.jpg blobfish]].
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