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10th Sep '16 10:09:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'': In the future humans hunt down alien reptiles that look like bowls of mucus. One guy eats as many of their eggs as possible to wipe out those ugly aliens. It turns out that they have a very interesting method of reproduction [[KarmicTransformation when he starts to melt]].
23rd Aug '16 4:14:06 PM Everdream
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* Many people object to using glue traps for mice, which instead of killing the mouse simply hold it there until it starves, dehydrates, etc. However, no one objects to flypaper and roach motels, which work on the exact same principle, but with non-cutes. Because mice are endothermic mammals and require much more food and water per gram of body weight than insects, they also work much more quickly for mice.



* In a now notorious Internet video, a man, one Luke Magnotta (who was later arrested for murdering and dismembering his roommate), fed a live [[CuteKitten kitten]] to a Burmese python. When the video [[InternetBackdraft caused an uproar]], some people defended his actions, pointing out that there are several videos on Website/YouTube of cats killing and eating baby snakes, and no-one complains about this.
16th Aug '16 5:43:12 PM merotoker
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You may have noticed that only cute, cuddly, and cool animals are good guys while unpopular or unattractive animals are brought in to be the {{Designated Villain}}s. This usually plays into the "Carnivores are Mean" subtrope of CarnivoreConfusion. [[SavageWolves Wolves]] were cast as baddies for centuries. Owls and hawks and [[CreepyCrows corvids]] basically exist to [[GiantFlyer drop down on our cuter protagonists from above]]. Wasps and termites are mini villains- and basically evil twins of bees and ants. [[YouDirtyRat Rats]] and [[WickedWeasel weasels]] are the go-to pocket-sized villains. [[GiantSwimmer Friendly sharks]] pretty much exist ''only'' as a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion. Don't even ask about [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snakes]]. The heroes, on the other hand, will be cute or cool animals like doggies and [[CuteKitten kitties]] and bunnies and duckies and {{turtle|Power}}s and froggies and ladybugs and bees and ants and [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]] and {{friendly playful dolphin}}s and Reticulated Chipmunks and blah. Wolves and [[CunningLikeAFox Foxes]], and [[KingOfBeasts Lions]] and other big cats can be heroes as well because their babies are cute and thus remind people of puppies and kittens, and the adults look BadAss. All butterflies are marked "Cute", even those you won't like to see in your garden. [[GiantSpider Spiders]] and [[BatOutOfHell bats]] are marked "Mean" even though they usually don't bother humans at all and even devour lots of annoying and dangerous insects. And if you'll encounter an Antlion in the role of horrible predator, its ''adult'' form is ''not'' likely to appear in next scenes (it looks like a cute, pretty dragonfly). For any animals not in this short list, it's usually divided into:

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You may have noticed that only cute, cuddly, and cool animals are good guys while unpopular or unattractive animals are brought in to be the {{Designated Villain}}s. This usually plays into the "Carnivores are Mean" subtrope of CarnivoreConfusion. [[SavageWolves Wolves]] were cast as baddies for centuries. Owls and hawks and [[CreepyCrows corvids]] basically exist to [[GiantFlyer drop down on our cuter protagonists from above]]. Wasps and termites are mini villains- and basically evil twins of bees and ants. [[YouDirtyRat Rats]] and [[WickedWeasel weasels]] are the go-to pocket-sized villains. [[GiantSwimmer Friendly sharks]] sharks pretty much exist ''only'' as a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion. Don't even ask about [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snakes]]. The heroes, on the other hand, will be cute or cool animals like doggies and [[CuteKitten kitties]] and bunnies and duckies and {{turtle|Power}}s and froggies and ladybugs and bees and ants and [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]] and {{friendly playful dolphin}}s and Reticulated Chipmunks and blah. Wolves and [[CunningLikeAFox Foxes]], and [[KingOfBeasts Lions]] and other big cats can be heroes as well because their babies are cute and thus remind people of puppies and kittens, and the adults look BadAss. All butterflies are marked "Cute", even those you won't like to see in your garden. [[GiantSpider Spiders]] and [[BatOutOfHell bats]] are marked "Mean" even though they usually don't bother humans at all and even devour lots of annoying and dangerous insects. And if you'll encounter an Antlion in the role of horrible predator, its ''adult'' form is ''not'' likely to appear in next scenes (it looks like a cute, pretty dragonfly). For any animals not in this short list, it's usually divided into:



* Subverted in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', where [[spoiler: the cute cartoon dog Maromi turns out to be the villain of sorts, [[GainaxEnding if he can be called that]], precisely ''because'' he is cute, and people love him, causing their collective stress to turn into a blob monster that destroys Tokyo once he disappears.]]

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* Subverted in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', where [[spoiler: the cute cartoon dog Maromi turns out to be the villain of sorts, [[GainaxEnding if he can be called that]], precisely ''because'' he is cute, and people love him, causing their collective stress to turn into a blob monster that destroys Tokyo once he disappears.]]disappears]].



** More directly averted, however, in the novel, ''Literature/MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH,'' which is ''devoid of villains''; the closest thing to a villain being a [[CatsAreMean cat by the name of Dragon]]. Jenner (the first film's BigBad) actually doesn't have an active role in the novel, and is only mentioned in flashback. Even then, he simply leaves the other rats rather than becoming a CardCarryingVillain.
* Lampshaded and deconstructed multiple times in the [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Founding of the Commonwealth]] series: the first aliens humanity encounters are the insectoid Thranx, which they are extremely wary of, but turn out to be friendly and have very similar ideologies (to the point where even the anti-unification terrorists on both sides end up working together). The second species that they encounter are the [[SpaceElves Pitar]] who are very human-like in appearance, but who are really {{Absolute Xenophobe}}s who only tolerate humanity [[spoiler: to [[MarsNeedsWomen steal the women]] for {{Uterine Replicator}}s to save their plummeting birthrate.]]
** Played straight with the [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent reptilian Aan]] who are the main {{Bigger Bad}}s of the ''Pip and Flinx'' subseries.

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** More directly averted, however, in the novel, ''Literature/MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH,'' which is ''devoid ''[[NoAntagonist devoid of villains''; villains]]''; the closest thing to a villain being a [[CatsAreMean cat by the name of Dragon]]. Jenner (the first film's BigBad) actually doesn't have an active role in the novel, and is only mentioned in flashback. Even then, he simply leaves the other rats rather than becoming a CardCarryingVillain.
* Lampshaded and deconstructed multiple times in the [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Founding of the Commonwealth]] series: the first aliens humanity encounters are the insectoid Thranx, which they are extremely wary of, but turn out to be friendly and have very similar ideologies (to the point where even the anti-unification terrorists on both sides end up working together). The second species that they encounter are the [[SpaceElves Pitar]] who are very human-like in appearance, but who are really {{Absolute Xenophobe}}s who only tolerate humanity [[spoiler: to [[MarsNeedsWomen steal the women]] for {{Uterine Replicator}}s to save their plummeting birthrate.]]
birthrate]].
** Played straight with the [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent reptilian Aan]] who are the main {{Bigger Bad}}s {{Greater Scope Villain}}s of the ''Pip and Flinx'' subseries.



* Leave it to ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' to get really confusing about this. To the fish population of the Reef, Lenny the Shark is scary as a shark, but cuddly and safe when he disguises himself as a dolphin. Just so we're clear, [[CarnivoreConfusion dolphins eat fish too]] -- but they're cute! (This led to a few reviewers reading a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything stronger metaphor into it]]...) Funny thing, is, the movie actually ''uses'' this, [[spoiler: when Oscar tries to subvert IHaveYourWife by having Lenny fake eating his girlfriend. The "attack" appears to be just as quick and almost as savage as...well, a shark attack]].
** The whole thing with dolphins is particularly disturbing considering [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080831135003AA68nDs certain aspects of real dolphin behavior.]]

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* Leave it to ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' to get really confusing about this. To the fish population of the Reef, Lenny the Shark is scary as a shark, but cuddly and safe when he disguises himself as a dolphin. Just so we're clear, [[CarnivoreConfusion dolphins eat fish too]] -- but they're cute! (This led to a few reviewers reading a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything stronger metaphor into it]]...) Funny thing, is, the movie actually ''uses'' this, [[spoiler: when Oscar tries to subvert IHaveYourWife by having Lenny fake eating his girlfriend. The "attack" appears to be just as quick and almost as savage as...well, a shark attack]].
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attack]]. The whole thing with dolphins is particularly disturbing considering [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080831135003AA68nDs certain aspects of real dolphin behavior.]]



* The title character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' exploits this, acting as disgusting and standoffish as humans expect a big, ugly Ogre should. In truth, Shrek has a good heart, and this behavior is really because he just wants to be left alone. He explains that he'd be much happier if the stereotype didn't exist in the first place.
** The trope is then further played with by Fiona, who is the conventional vision of beauty...but in her "cursed" ogress form Shrek finds her beautiful, and she's happy to stay that way because he loves her and thinks she's beautiful no matter how she looks. (And [[CuteMonsterGirl she is still pretty cute after her transformation]].)

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* The title character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' exploits this, acting as disgusting and standoffish as humans expect a big, ugly Ogre should. In truth, Shrek has a good heart, and this behavior is really because he just wants to be left alone. He explains that he'd be much happier if the stereotype didn't exist in the first place.
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place. The trope is then further played with by Fiona, who is the conventional vision of beauty...but in her "cursed" ogress form Shrek finds her beautiful, and she's happy to stay that way because he loves her and thinks she's beautiful no matter how she looks. (And [[CuteMonsterGirl she is still pretty cute after her transformation]].)



* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' rather {{anvilicious}}ly illustrates the difference between good and evil creatures. Devon and Cornwall, a two-headed dragon duo who serve as comic relief, are drawn to look rather silly and harmless. A little comic relief chicken-thing is also silly-looking. A loyal falcon named Ayden has a round, sweet face, big soft eyes and cute fluttery movements. In contrast, the "evil" dragons are sharp-toothed, have squinty eyes, and look altogether more feral and the griffon henchman has another set of scary squinty eyes, a long crooked beak, bat ears, and a small head compared to his thick-maned neck -- and the voice of Bronson Pinchot (we're not sure what to make of that last thing).
** The gryphon, though, at least was meant to be ''cuter'' than his original design, which was deemed "too frightening for little girls". He's also AffablyEvil at most.
* Another obscure animated feature that gets {{Anvilicious}} about this is ''TheAdventuresOfTheAmericanRabbit''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Predictably]], the hero and most of his buddies are cute rabbits. Other good guys include cuddly little bear cubs, pudgy little farm animals like sheep and piggies, big snuggly [[BoisterousBruiser Toblerone]]-ish moose and gorillas, and {{Squee}}-worthy ducklings and [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]]. The bad guys are a [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels biker gang]] [[CarnivoreConfusion made up of jackals]] and they are led by a [[GiantFlyer big, scary condor]]. The uncomfortable part comes when the eponymous hero ''insists'' that "there are sure to be nice jackals out there", which seems to be an anti-stereotyping {{Aesop}}. Too bad it's {{Broken|Aesop}} -- we never ever '''meet''' any nice jackals. Every single jackal in the world of the movie is part of the biker gang.

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* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' rather {{anvilicious}}ly illustrates the difference between good and evil creatures. Devon and Cornwall, a two-headed dragon duo who serve as comic relief, are drawn to look rather silly and harmless. A little comic relief chicken-thing is also silly-looking. A loyal falcon named Ayden has a round, sweet face, big soft eyes and cute fluttery movements. In contrast, the "evil" dragons are sharp-toothed, have squinty eyes, and look altogether more feral and the griffon henchman has another set of scary squinty eyes, a long crooked beak, bat ears, and a small head compared to his thick-maned neck -- and the voice of Bronson Pinchot (we're not sure what to make of that last thing).
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thing). The gryphon, though, at least was meant to be ''cuter'' than his original design, which was deemed "too frightening for little girls". He's also AffablyEvil at most.
* Another obscure animated feature that gets {{Anvilicious}} about this is ''TheAdventuresOfTheAmericanRabbit''.''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTheAmericanRabbit''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Predictably]], the hero and most of his buddies are cute rabbits. Other good guys include cuddly little bear cubs, pudgy little farm animals like sheep and piggies, big snuggly [[BoisterousBruiser Toblerone]]-ish moose and gorillas, and {{Squee}}-worthy ducklings and [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]]. The bad guys are a [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels biker gang]] [[CarnivoreConfusion made up of jackals]] and they are led by a [[GiantFlyer big, scary condor]]. The uncomfortable part comes when the eponymous hero ''insists'' that "there are sure to be nice jackals out there", which seems to be an anti-stereotyping {{Aesop}}.[[AnAesop aesop]]. Too bad it's {{Broken|Aesop}} -- we never ever '''meet''' any nice jackals. Every single jackal in the world of the movie is part of the biker gang.



* Welcome to ''Joe's Apartment'', where this trope is played with and tossed on its ear...with cute, dancing, singing cockroaches.
** ''Twilight of the Cockroaches'' does the same, albeit with an added World War II allegory.

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* Welcome to ''Joe's Apartment'', where this trope is played with and tossed on its ear...with cute, dancing, singing cockroaches.
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cockroaches. ''Twilight of the Cockroaches'' does the same, albeit with an added World War II allegory.



* One might say there's a slight nod in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' with the Skeksis have condoric features are and quite ugly compared to their counterparts. Especially compared to the cute creatures that raised Kira. Y'know, the ones that look like those cute little troll dolls with the funny hair...minus the funny hair.

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* One might say there's a slight nod in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' with the Skeksis who have condoric features and are and quite ugly compared to their counterparts. Especially compared to the cute creatures that raised Kira. Y'know, the ones that look like those cute little troll dolls with the funny hair...minus the funny hair.



* Likely the reason why the film version of ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' changed Wargs from wolves to Hyenas.
** Actually it was changed because the hyena shape was deemed more powerful by WETA.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] 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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* Likely the reason why the film version of ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' changed Wargs from wolves to Hyenas.
** Actually it was changed because the hyena shape was deemed more powerful by WETA.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]
{{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]].



** There was a ferret Mook (or two, or three...) being maimed, killed, and possibly eaten by a Mute Swan somewhere in "''Mossflower''" (come to think of it, that darn bird spent a good portion of the book terrorizing the GoldfishPoopGang, and gave the foxes Fortunata and Bane a run for their money.) And then there was that crazy, vermin-eating stork in "''Martin the Warrior''". He had a knack for crying out "I am the laaaawwwwww..." as he descended upon his prey. Needless to say, [[spoiler:Martin and his cohorts were pretty darn worried that they could end up on his menu themselves while he was escorting them across his territory.]]

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** There was a ferret Mook (or two, or three...) being maimed, killed, and possibly eaten by a Mute Swan somewhere in "''Mossflower''" (come to think of it, that darn bird spent a good portion of the book terrorizing the GoldfishPoopGang, and gave the foxes Fortunata and Bane a run for their money.) And then there was that crazy, vermin-eating stork in "''Martin the Warrior''". He had a knack for crying out "I am the laaaawwwwww..." as he descended upon his prey. Needless to say, [[spoiler:Martin and his cohorts were pretty darn worried that they could end up on his menu themselves while he was escorting them across his territory.]]territory]].



* Both used and averted in ''Literature/WatershipDown''. The heroes are rabbits. The major predators of rabbits are ''minor'' enemies - the BigBad is actually another rabbit (and a downright AxCrazy psycho too! [[KillerRabbit Never seen a rabbit attack a dog head on before!]])[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ez5QPW-ku4 Rabbits are deceptively badass]].
* Averted very pointedly in the Literature/YoungWizards series. In one novel, despite being the ultimate -- perhaps the original -- predator and sporting the title of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Pale Slayer]], Ed'rashtekaresket the Giant White Shark is actually a servant of the [[PowersThatBe Light]] and ultimately [[spoiler:the HeroicSacrifice that holds back the forces of decay.]]

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* Both used and averted in ''Literature/WatershipDown''. The heroes are rabbits. The major predators of rabbits are ''minor'' enemies - the BigBad is actually another rabbit (and a downright AxCrazy psycho too! [[KillerRabbit Never seen a rabbit attack a dog head on before!]])[[http://www.before!]]) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ez5QPW-ku4 Rabbits are deceptively badass]].
* Averted very pointedly in the Literature/YoungWizards series. In one novel, despite being the ultimate -- perhaps the original -- predator and sporting the title of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Pale Slayer]], Ed'rashtekaresket the Giant White Shark is actually a servant of the [[PowersThatBe Light]] and ultimately [[spoiler:the HeroicSacrifice that holds back the forces of decay.]]decay]].



* Inverted in Harry Harrison and Jack C. Haldeman II's ''Bill, The Galactic Hero; On the Planet of Zombie Vampires'', parodying the ''Alien'' franchise. The marines find it impossible to kill the creatures wrapped around their comrades' heads because they're just ''too cute'' - sort of a cross between a teddy bear and a duckling; not quite a KillerBunnyRabbit, because it's quite obviously dangerous, but its looks interfere with trying to get rid of it.

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* Inverted in Harry Harrison and Jack C. Haldeman II's ''Bill, The Galactic Hero; On the Planet of Zombie Vampires'', parodying the ''Alien'' franchise. The marines find it impossible to kill the creatures wrapped around their comrades' heads because they're just ''too cute'' - sort of a cross between a teddy bear and a duckling; not quite a KillerBunnyRabbit, KillerRabbit, because it's quite obviously dangerous, but its looks interfere with trying to get rid of it.



*** Especially bad in the episode "Hatchery". The ship discovers a heavily damaged and abandoned Insectoid ship. In the most hardened part of the ship is their hatchery with ~30 soon to be hatching insectoid offspring. Archer is shown to be caring for their fate and trying to save their hatchery from failing. He gives a story about his great grandfather having to deal with a school during the war and saving the children inside the school at great personal cost. Everyone else on the ship looks at the Captain like he's nuts. In the end [[spoiler: it turns out his paternal feelings were only due to his being infected by an enzyme the eggs gave off. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Huh...]]]]

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*** Especially bad in the episode "Hatchery". The ship discovers a heavily damaged and abandoned Insectoid ship. In the most hardened part of the ship is their hatchery with ~30 soon to be hatching insectoid offspring. Archer is shown to be caring for their fate and trying to save their hatchery from failing. He gives a story about his great grandfather having to deal with a school during the war and saving the children inside the school at great personal cost. Everyone else on the ship looks at the Captain like he's nuts. In the end [[spoiler: it turns out his paternal feelings were only due to his being infected by an enzyme the eggs gave off. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Huh...]]]]Huh..]]]].



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'': Hey look, it's a walking lion! He's brave, loyal and kind! Shoot the everloving fuck outta him! -gunfire noises-

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Hey look, it's a walking lion! He's brave, loyal and kind! Shoot the everloving fuck outta him! -gunfire noises-



* Plushie Cthulhu.
** Also [[http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/toys/chibithulhu Chibithulhu]].

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* Plushie Cthulhu.
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Cthulhu. Also [[http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/toys/chibithulhu com/plush/medchibi/ Chibithulhu]].



* A lot of the good guys in the classic ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' line subvert this, like Wyrm and Muckman, who were good guys (Although Wyrm was less so in his original comic incarnation), and Mutagen Man who was a PunchClockVillain. There was also this one human-mosquito hybrid who was a good guy.
** The Turtles' mentor, Master Splinter, is even a giant bipedal rat (although whether or not he was a rat to begin with depends on the adaptation in question).

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* A lot of the good guys in the classic ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' line subvert this, like Wyrm and Muckman, who were good guys (Although Wyrm was less so in his original comic incarnation), and Mutagen Man who was a PunchClockVillain. There was also this one human-mosquito hybrid who was a good guy.
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guy. The Turtles' mentor, Master Splinter, is even a giant bipedal rat (although whether or not he was a rat to begin with depends on the adaptation in question).



*** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldandSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' avert it entirely. Any Pokémon you own can follow you through any part of the game, and the big scary 'mons can do cute little dances when you talk to them. When the feature was first announced, one teaser screenshot even showed the hero with a Steelix behind him - amusingly, one of the Pokémon that the man in Diamond/Pearl/Platinum complains he can't have follow him. (Makes you wonder how [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Wailord]] manages to follow you on land.)

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*** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldandSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' avert it entirely. Any Pokémon you own can follow you through any part of the game, and the big scary 'mons can do cute little dances when you talk to them. When the feature was first announced, one teaser screenshot even showed the hero with a Steelix behind him - amusingly, one of the Pokémon that the man in Diamond/Pearl/Platinum complains he can't have follow him. (Makes you wonder how [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Wailord]] manages to follow you on land.)



* The Koopa Troopas of the ''[[SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' games have become increasingly more {{anthropomorphi|cShift}}zed as the series has gone on. They started out as slightly cartoony four-legged turtles that you couldn't care less about killing off. As the series has gone on, their appearance has changed. They were given the ability to walk on two legs in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', and one was made a playable character in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart'' (though he was bumped off by then newcomer Wario until the more recent entries in the series). The current character design for Koopa Troopa (and its winged brethren, Paratroopa) [[AdorableEvilMinions is now on a level of cuteness]] rivaling [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Yoshi]]. Nintendo has noted this, and Troopas hardly ever appear as enemies anymore, and when they do they're either in short supply (like in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' or ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'') or they're usually given some sort of accessory that lowers their cuteness factor, such as the spiked armband and pointy sunglasses wearing variants of the Paper Mario series (there all Koopas with sunglasses are evil and those without are friendly {{NPC}}s. At a certain point in Chapter 3 a normal Koopa gets brainwashed by the villains and suddenly wears sunglasses). They also make frequent appearances in spinoff games either as playable characters or harmless {{NPC}}s. Now contrast this with the Goombas, who've hardly had any major design changes, usually require accessories to make them cuter in the few games where they exist as an ally, have only been in the [=RPGs=] and ''Mario Baseball'' games as playable characters, and are the most common enemy type even in the most recent games.

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* The Koopa Troopas of the ''[[SuperMarioBros ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' games have become increasingly more {{anthropomorphi|cShift}}zed as the series has gone on. They started out as slightly cartoony four-legged turtles that you couldn't care less about killing off. As the series has gone on, their appearance has changed. They were given the ability to walk on two legs in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', and one was made a playable character in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart'' (though he was bumped off by then newcomer Wario until the more recent entries in the series). The current character design for Koopa Troopa (and its winged brethren, Paratroopa) [[AdorableEvilMinions is now on a level of cuteness]] rivaling [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Yoshi]]. Nintendo has noted this, and Troopas hardly ever appear as enemies anymore, and when they do they're either in short supply (like in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' or ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'') or they're usually given some sort of accessory that lowers their cuteness factor, such as the spiked armband and pointy sunglasses wearing variants of the Paper Mario series (there all Koopas with sunglasses are evil and those without are friendly {{NPC}}s.{{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs. At a certain point in Chapter 3 a normal Koopa gets brainwashed by the villains and suddenly wears sunglasses). They also make frequent appearances in spinoff games either as playable characters or harmless {{NPC}}s.{{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs. Now contrast this with the Goombas, who've hardly had any major design changes, usually require accessories to make them cuter in the few games where they exist as an ally, have only been in the [=RPGs=] and ''Mario Baseball'' games as playable characters, and are the most common enemy type even in the most recent games.



* Both played with and subverted in ''WorldOfWarcraft''. On the one hand, the more [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman humanoid]], pleasant-looking races form the Alliance, who are [[BlackAndGreyMorality usually framed as]] the more protagonistic faction. But on the other hand, the fierce, alien and sometimes downright ugly races of the Horde are playable characters and are also sometimes portrayed in a positive light, just as the Alliance races can be malicious. ([[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Particularly humans.]])

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* Both played with and subverted in ''WorldOfWarcraft''. On the one hand, the more [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman humanoid]], pleasant-looking races form the Alliance, who are [[BlackAndGreyMorality [[BlackAndGrayMorality usually framed as]] the more protagonistic faction. But on the other hand, the fierce, alien and sometimes downright ugly races of the Horde are playable characters and are also sometimes portrayed in a positive light, just as the Alliance races can be malicious. ([[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Particularly humans.]])



* Berserker from ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Stay Night]]'' is reminiscent of Goliath from the ''Gargoyles''. If you can get past his lead-grey complexion, odd elbow protrusions, mismatched set of [[RedEyesTakeWarning blood red]] and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes glowing gold]] eyes, and frighteningly ''huge'' size, he's really handsome. Indeed, he's the demigod Herakles from Greek myth, who was quite popular with the ladies ''and'' [[EvenTheGuysWantHim the guys]]. But he's not as pretty as the other manly warrior-{{Bishounen}} of the game, and except for a brief time in one scenario, he's always under a mental compulsion that reduces him to a constantly growling and bellowing monster. A pity, considering who they got to voice him in TheAnimeOfTheGame. Then again, [[PetTheDog he does have those moments with Ilya...]]

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* Berserker from ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Stay Night]]'' is reminiscent of Goliath from the ''Gargoyles''. If you can get past his lead-grey complexion, odd elbow protrusions, mismatched set of [[RedEyesTakeWarning blood red]] and [[SupernaturalGoldEyes glowing gold]] eyes, and frighteningly ''huge'' size, he's really handsome. Indeed, he's the demigod Herakles from Greek myth, who was quite popular with the ladies ''and'' [[EvenTheGuysWantHim the guys]]. But he's not as pretty as the other manly warrior-{{Bishounen}} warrior-{{Bishonen}} of the game, and except for a brief time in one scenario, he's always under a mental compulsion that reduces him to a constantly growling and bellowing monster. A pity, considering who they got to voice him in TheAnimeOfTheGame. Then again, [[PetTheDog he does have those moments with Ilya...]]



* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' has its share of cute fluffy animals, and their character type seems to be determined by just how cute the animal in question is (ie. the kitten animal is a cute girly airhead type while the rockhopper penguin is a grumpy little fellow) but the Coelacanth does make a cameo appearance as the most expensive fish you can fish up.
* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series, there are good (or at least mercenary) uncute animals to play as, such as a hawk, a crocodile, and a bat. The non-anthro characters are a different story...

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* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' has its share of cute fluffy animals, and their character type seems to be determined by just how cute the animal in question is (ie.(i.e. the kitten animal is a cute girly airhead type while the rockhopper penguin is a grumpy little fellow) but the Coelacanth does make a cameo appearance as the most expensive fish you can fish up.
* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, there are good (or at least mercenary) uncute animals to play as, such as a hawk, a crocodile, and a bat. The non-anthro characters are a different story...



* For Muppy of ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'', apparently ''anyone'' who he/she/it comes into contact with (barring [[OnlySaneMan Nikki]]) couldn't see past his cute, Franchise/{{Pokemon}}-like appearance to realize that he's actually a ''selfish jerk bent on taking over the world''.
* ''HelloKitty Online'' is weird about this. Being based on Sanrio characters, absolutely ''everything'' is cute, but the friendly [=NPCs=] include some stuff that would be considered decidedly "non-cute" without the Sanrio treatment -- the preview Flash game, ''Island of Fun'' includes a friendly tyrannosaur, octopus, and fish-man.

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* For Muppy of ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'', ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', apparently ''anyone'' who he/she/it comes into contact with (barring [[OnlySaneMan Nikki]]) couldn't see past his cute, Franchise/{{Pokemon}}-like appearance to realize that he's actually a ''selfish jerk bent on taking over the world''.
* ''HelloKitty ''Franchise/HelloKitty Online'' is weird about this. Being based on Sanrio characters, absolutely ''everything'' is cute, but the friendly [=NPCs=] include some stuff that would be considered decidedly "non-cute" without the Sanrio treatment -- the preview Flash game, ''Island of Fun'' includes a friendly tyrannosaur, octopus, and fish-man.



* The XBox game ''Raze's Hell'' features an EvilArmy [[CuteIsEvil composed of cute and cuddly creatures]] on a genocidal rampage to destroy all "Ugly" creatures.

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* The XBox UsefulNotes/XBox game ''Raze's Hell'' ''VideoGame/RazesHell'' features an EvilArmy [[CuteIsEvil composed of cute and cuddly creatures]] on a genocidal rampage to destroy all "Ugly" creatures.



* Subverted in ''{{Vindictus}}''. The prologue tutorial has you fighting a realistic-looking giant spider boss. However, once it dies, you find out that NPC Tieve, the town's oracle, [[SpeaksFluentAnimal can actually talk to the spider]]; and she reacts about as the same as a girl her age would react to losing a beloved cat or dog. The spider itself was formerly a friendly guardian of the town, and the giant spiders have been allies of the humans up to that point. Heavily implied that it was only attacking because it was [[BrainwashedAndCrazy under the control of an enemy wizard]].

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* Subverted in ''{{Vindictus}}''.''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}''. The prologue tutorial has you fighting a realistic-looking giant spider boss. However, once it dies, you find out that NPC Tieve, the town's oracle, [[SpeaksFluentAnimal can actually talk to the spider]]; and she reacts about as the same as a girl her age would react to losing a beloved cat or dog. The spider itself was formerly a friendly guardian of the town, and the giant spiders have been allies of the humans up to that point. Heavily implied that it was only attacking because it was [[BrainwashedAndCrazy under the control of an enemy wizard]].



* Played with in VideoGame/MonsterHunter. However indiscriminately the player acts, the deer-like Kelbi and the cat-like Felynes and Melynxes, as well as the little tiki-like Shakalakas, can't be killed. They'll be stunned, and then they'll leave. Despite having entries in Monster guides, Felynes are even friendly [=NPCs=] and seem to be on the same social standing as humans. The ones you meet out in the wild don't even bother you until you attack them. The Shakalakas and Melynxes attack on site, but the third generation has two friendly Shakalakas that join you and act as your party on single or two-player hunts.

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* Played with in VideoGame/MonsterHunter.''VideoGame/MonsterHunter''. However indiscriminately the player acts, the deer-like Kelbi and the cat-like Felynes and Melynxes, as well as the little tiki-like Shakalakas, can't be killed. They'll be stunned, and then they'll leave. Despite having entries in Monster guides, Felynes are even friendly [=NPCs=] and seem to be on the same social standing as humans. The ones you meet out in the wild don't even bother you until you attack them. The Shakalakas and Melynxes attack on site, but the third generation has two friendly Shakalakas that join you and act as your party on single or two-player hunts.



** ''Digger'' almost epitomizes the subversion of this trope. Although wombats can be said to be cute, the title character proves herself to be not only cantankerous and sarcastic, but also a decent fighter. Rats are not only useful creatures, but intelligent and cultured (critiquing bad poets by nibbling their books). Although the aforementioned hyenas initially try to kill the protagonist, they're eventually shown to be a fairly typical primitive, somewhat insular, tribal people; and eventually end up adopting her into their tribe. Various breeds of moles are used by wombats as domestic animals. There's even a race of oracular slugs. In fact, the only creatures to show any definite leanings toward evil are [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]] and gods.

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** ''Digger'' almost epitomizes the subversion of this trope. Although wombats can be said to be cute, the title character proves herself to be not only cantankerous and sarcastic, but also a decent fighter. Rats are not only useful creatures, but intelligent and cultured (critiquing bad poets by nibbling their books). Although the aforementioned hyenas initially try to kill the protagonist, they're eventually shown to be a fairly typical primitive, somewhat insular, tribal people; and eventually end up adopting her into their tribe. Various breeds of moles are used by wombats as domestic animals. There's even a race of oracular slugs. In fact, the only creatures to show any definite leanings toward evil are [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]] {{humans|AreTheRealMonsters}} and gods.



* This is generally the rule for [[HalfHumanHybrids chimeras]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''--the nicest is part squirrel, the nastiest is a monster of uncertain origins, and the rest are somewhere in between. The bat, at least, is interestingly justified: he's evil (or at least destructive) because he's aware of his ugliness and redirects his self-hatred at the world around him. [[spoiler:He manages a HeelFaceTurn after turning fully human.]]

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* This is generally the rule for [[HalfHumanHybrids [[HalfHumanHybrid chimeras]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''--the nicest is part squirrel, the nastiest is a monster of uncertain origins, and the rest are somewhere in between. The bat, at least, is interestingly justified: he's evil (or at least destructive) because he's aware of his ugliness and redirects his self-hatred at the world around him. [[spoiler:He manages a HeelFaceTurn after turning fully human.]]



* Played very weirdly on Tumblr. Many different animal species are praised, but Alligator Gars seem universally considered "gross". Even tapeworms are apprarently "cuter" than gars.

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* Played very weirdly on Tumblr. Many different animal species are praised, but Alligator Gars seem universally considered "gross". Even tapeworms are apprarently apparently "cuter" than gars.



* Literature/SpaceBeasts: Mostly averts this with stereotypical 'cute' Animals like [[CuteKitten Cats]], Squirrels, and [[UnicornsAreSacred Unicorns]] fighting alongside sterotypical 'scary' animals like [[BatOutOfHell Bats]], [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Snakes]] and...[[SeldomSeenSpecies Cuttlefish]] but at the same time it does [[TropesAreNotBad acknowledge]] that sometimes [[PrimalFear there are reasons]] we feel repulsed by some creatures, primarily parasites and creepy crawlies in general, one of the running gags is [[NatureLover Nature Lovers]] admitting they can't find anything positive to say about tapeworms, and the {{Token Human}} Ichabod Crane ruefully admits that while he prides himself on being a {{Friend To All Living Things}} and loving all creatures great and small...Draws the line at maggots, they make him toss his cookies like nothing else can.
* ''{{Podcast/Welcome To Night Vale}}'' actually deconstructs this pretty brutally. The station's (and Cecil's) pet cat Khoshekh is consistently praised by Cecil as being cute and sweetly tempered. Note, the first time we hear what Khoshekh sounds like (his "I'm hungry" meow), it's something like the basilisk from ''Harry Potter'' overlayed with a growling lion, and most headcannons depict the cat as purple, sometimes unnaturally thin or mangy, rarely with superfluous eyes, and almost always with poisonous ridges protruding from its spine and bigger fangs than a house cat should have. [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking Also he floats]], [[MrSeahorse and somehow gives birth to a litter of kittens]]. In episode 43, Cecil finds a little creature in the studio that looks like a Tribble, only with visible eyes and little nubs that approximate legs. Cecil has a [[CutenessOverload standard reaction to the creature]]. The wham happens when [[spoiler: the creature bites Cecil's leg, follows the injured radio host to the bathroom (where Khoshekh is stuck floating next to the sink) and then viciously mauls Khoshekh in front of Cecil. The Tribble-creature turns out to be a synthetic organism invented by [[BigBad Strex Corp.]] and given to Cecil "as a birthday present, because he loves animals so much", as explained to Cecil by one of their representatives minutes after he's just watched his "birthday present" almost murder his precious cat. [[NotTheirBirthday It's also not Cecil's birthday...]]]]

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* Literature/SpaceBeasts: Mostly averts this with stereotypical 'cute' Animals like [[CuteKitten Cats]], Squirrels, and [[UnicornsAreSacred Unicorns]] fighting alongside sterotypical stereotypical 'scary' animals like [[BatOutOfHell Bats]], [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Snakes]] and...[[SeldomSeenSpecies Cuttlefish]] but at the same time it does [[TropesAreNotBad acknowledge]] that sometimes [[PrimalFear there are reasons]] we feel repulsed by some creatures, primarily parasites and creepy crawlies in general, one of the running gags is [[NatureLover Nature Lovers]] admitting they can't find anything positive to say about tapeworms, and the {{Token Human}} Ichabod Crane ruefully admits that while he prides himself on being a {{Friend To All Living Things}} FriendToAllLivingThings and loving all creatures great and small...Draws the line at maggots, they make him toss his cookies like nothing else can.
* ''{{Podcast/Welcome To Night Vale}}'' actually deconstructs this pretty brutally. The station's (and Cecil's) pet cat Khoshekh is consistently praised by Cecil as being cute and sweetly tempered. Note, the first time we hear what Khoshekh sounds like (his "I'm hungry" meow), it's something like the basilisk from ''Harry Potter'' overlayed with a growling lion, and most headcannons depict the cat as purple, sometimes unnaturally thin or mangy, rarely with superfluous eyes, and almost always with poisonous ridges protruding from its spine and bigger fangs than a house cat should have. [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking Also he floats]], [[MrSeahorse and somehow gives birth to a litter of kittens]]. In episode 43, Cecil finds a little creature in the studio that looks like a Tribble, only with visible eyes and little nubs that approximate legs. Cecil has a [[CutenessOverload standard reaction to the creature]]. The wham happens when [[spoiler: the creature bites Cecil's leg, follows the injured radio host to the bathroom (where Khoshekh is stuck floating next to the sink) and then viciously mauls Khoshekh in front of Cecil. The Tribble-creature turns out to be a synthetic organism invented by [[BigBad Strex Corp.]] and given to Cecil "as a birthday present, because he loves animals so much", as explained to Cecil by one of their representatives minutes after he's just watched his "birthday present" almost murder his precious cat. [[NotTheirBirthday It's also not Cecil's birthday...]]]]birthday..]]]].



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' features a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_Mole_Rat naked mole rat]] named Rufus as the TeamPet. We ought to be celebrating this one as an aversion, and we definitely would. The thing is, Rufus is [[http://www.rochuswolff.de/weblog/archiv/img/kim_possible_nacktmulle_10.jpg drawn]] in an overly cute and cuddly Disney manner rather than anything resembling a real Naked Mole Rat. Additionally, Rufus started out as a pretty ugly Naked Mole Rat baby. This would [[{{Fanon}} make one guess]] that it was Ron's [[ThePowerOfFriendship wonderful friendship with him]] that turned him cute...Or his Bueno Nacho Junk-Food diet.
* Averted in one of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceB8rHs5l5c episodes]] of ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' where Ginger's brother, Carl confronts his fears when a naked mole rat escapes from one of the zoo exhibits and crawled up his pants. Unlike above, said mole rat is as wrinkly and unattractive as it's real-life counterpart (even mentioning it having hair in its mouth). The heartwarming moment comes when Carl loses his fear when he discovers the mole rat is even more frightened of him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' features a [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_Mole_Rat org/wiki/Naked_mole-rat naked mole rat]] named Rufus as the TeamPet. We ought to be celebrating this one as an aversion, and we definitely would. The thing is, Rufus is [[http://www.rochuswolff.de/weblog/archiv/img/kim_possible_nacktmulle_10.jpg drawn]] in an overly cute and cuddly Disney manner rather than anything resembling a real Naked Mole Rat. Additionally, Rufus started out as a pretty ugly Naked Mole Rat baby. This would [[{{Fanon}} make one guess]] that it was Ron's [[ThePowerOfFriendship wonderful friendship with him]] that turned him cute...Or his Bueno Nacho Junk-Food diet.
* Averted in one of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceB8rHs5l5c episodes]] of ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' where Ginger's brother, Carl confronts his fears when a naked mole rat escapes from one of the zoo exhibits and [[SquirrelsInMyPants crawled up his pants.pants]]. Unlike above, said mole rat is as wrinkly and unattractive as it's real-life counterpart (even mentioning it having hair in its mouth). The heartwarming moment comes when Carl loses his fear when he discovers the mole rat is even more frightened of him.



* ''{{Transformers}}'' has played around with this in their animal-like characters:

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* ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has played around with this in their animal-like characters:



** ''TransformersAnimated'' returns both the Dinobots, who are (mostly) happy to just be left alone, as well as Blackarachnia, who is a pretty cruel little spider (though since she is also the DarkChick of the Decepticons, she at least get the benefit of a sad {{backstory}}).
* While the stars of ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' are a dog and a rabbit respectively, their friends include such unlikely animals as a boa constrictor and a walking stick insect. The sole recurring antagonist is a gecko, usually considered a cute animal of late.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'', surprisingly enough, played with this trope quite a bit (SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped after all):

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** ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' returns both the Dinobots, who are (mostly) happy to just be left alone, as well as Blackarachnia, who is a pretty cruel little spider (though since she is also the DarkChick of the Decepticons, she at least get the benefit of a sad {{backstory}}).
* While the stars of ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' are a dog and a rabbit respectively, their friends include such unlikely animals as a boa constrictor and a walking stick insect. The sole recurring antagonist is a gecko, usually considered a cute animal of late.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'', ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', surprisingly enough, played with this trope quite a bit (SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped after all):



* ''Comicbook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'' was all over this trope like butter on toast. The show concerns an interplanetary war between the Toads and various mammalian species. Now, it's not like this isn't typical for this trope, but consider this: it isn't just that "Toads are ugly so it's okay to antagonize them". The Toads' planet had been taken over by an evil computer which militarized their society and ''brainwashed the Toads into conquering other worlds''. So now the other animals are fighting what are armies of [[PunchClockVillain brainwashed minions]]. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Dude...]]
** Additionally, in an early episode, a guy named [[IncrediblyLamePun Al Negator]] tries to get a job on Bucky's ship, the Righteous Indignation. As he's a shifty-looking reptile, the crew is generally suspicious. But Captain Bucky O'Hare hires him anyway, making a big point of mentioning how he trusted the gunner Deadeye Duck, despite him being a pirate with somewhat questionable morals. So it looks like a "beauty is on the inside" or "different doesn't mean bad" kind of Aesop...until ''Al betrays them'', steals classified info, and sabotages the ship! So is the message "[[BeautyEqualsGoodness if they look evil, they are evil]]"?

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* ''Comicbook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'' was all over this trope like butter on toast. The show concerns an interplanetary war between the Toads and various mammalian species. Now, it's not like this isn't typical for this trope, but consider this: it isn't just that "Toads are ugly so it's okay to antagonize them". The Toads' planet had been taken over by an evil computer which militarized their society and ''brainwashed the Toads into conquering other worlds''. So now the other animals are fighting what are armies of [[PunchClockVillain brainwashed minions]]. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Dude...]]
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Additionally, in an early episode, a guy named [[IncrediblyLamePun [[PunnyName Al Negator]] tries to get a job on Bucky's ship, the Righteous Indignation. As he's a shifty-looking reptile, the crew is generally suspicious. But Captain Bucky O'Hare hires him anyway, making a big point of mentioning how he trusted the gunner Deadeye Duck, despite him being a pirate with somewhat questionable morals. So it looks like a "beauty is on the inside" or "different doesn't mean bad" kind of Aesop...until ''Al betrays them'', steals classified info, and sabotages the ship! So is the message "[[BeautyEqualsGoodness if they look evil, they are evil]]"?



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' has an example of this in its ''pilot episode''. When Gaia sends the rings to the five kids, each of them gets a short scene illustrating their affinity with their element. Ma-Ti's Heart is demonstrated by him saving a trapped monkey from... being eaten by some sort of large wild cat, sending the message that carnivores don't count as Gaia's creatures. A bit of a BrokenAesop when watched with an adult view of ecology.
** It goes beyond that; while the show is meant to teach kids about respecting animals, how do we instantly know Hoggish Greedly and Verminous Skumm are bad? Because they look like a pig and a rat, respectively.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: Into the Wild Green Yonder'' zigzagged this one. Early in the episode, the Wongs' urban developments threaten to eliminate a species of leech. Leela rescues one, which immediately starts attacking her and trying to drain her blood. She fights it off, nearly kills it, then resuscitates it before the cycle repeats itself. Eventually she ends up caging it, the apparent lesson being that just because an endangered species is ugly and hostile doesn't mean it should be exterminated. Then, mere minutes before the ending it turns out that [[spoiler: this species of leech is the most recent manifestation of an AlwaysChaoticEvil race bent on exterminating other species.]]

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' has an example of this in its ''pilot episode''. When Gaia sends the rings to the five kids, each of them gets a short scene illustrating their affinity with their element. Ma-Ti's Heart is demonstrated by him saving a trapped monkey from... being eaten by some sort of large wild cat, sending the message that carnivores don't count as Gaia's creatures. A bit of a BrokenAesop when watched with an adult view of ecology.
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ecology. It goes beyond that; while the show is meant to teach kids about respecting animals, how do we instantly know Hoggish Greedly and Verminous Skumm are bad? Because they look like a pig and a rat, respectively.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: Into ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** "Into
the Wild Green Yonder'' Yonder" zigzagged this one. Early in the episode, the Wongs' urban developments threaten to eliminate a species of leech. Leela rescues one, which immediately starts attacking her and trying to drain her blood. She fights it off, nearly kills it, then resuscitates it before the cycle repeats itself. Eventually she ends up caging it, the apparent lesson being that just because an endangered species is ugly and hostile doesn't mean it should be exterminated. Then, mere minutes before the ending it turns out that [[spoiler: this species of leech is the most recent manifestation of an AlwaysChaoticEvil race bent on exterminating other species.]]species]].



* One ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' short subverts this. One of the pixies is skating around with the fireflies and other [[TastesLikeDiabetes cute bugs and cutely-animated fish flying and leaping about]], while a frog [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute eats a nearby swarm of flies]]. At the end, it accidentally draws her attention, and she orders it to spit the flies out.

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* One ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' short subverts this. One of the pixies is skating around with the fireflies and other [[TastesLikeDiabetes cute bugs and cutely-animated fish flying and leaping about]], while a frog [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute eats a nearby swarm of flies]].flies. At the end, it accidentally draws her attention, and she orders it to spit the flies out.



* ''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 the hero side]].

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* ''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.
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animation. Even then it is played with since one of said cartoonish rats [[WhiteSheep defects to the hero side]].



* Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. While the allegences are kept the same, the slovenly human-like Urpneys are [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock]] {{Villain Protagonist}}s while the cutesy bunny-like Noops are {{Hero Antagonist}}s. [[BigBad Zordrak]] on the other hand, is as [[EldritchAbomination hideous]] and [[VileVillainSaccharineShow as evil]] as they come.
** Still played straight to a erroneous degree in the sense that the Land of Dream was still conveyed as a saccharine borderline embodiment of good, despite often being far more vindictive and self righteous than the uglier but [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]] Urpneys (who were almost always {{Harmless Villain}}s JustFollowingOrders) and often [[DisproportionateRetribution taking their retaliations far beyond self defense]] [[UnscrupulousHero for the sake of sadistic fun]]. The narrative still vigorously conveys the heroes as righteous and properly provoked and the Urpneys deserving whatever they dish them, with all of a couple of instances the Noops were even vaguely depicted as taking things too far.
* [[ZigZaggedTrope Zigzagged]] in WesternAnimation/YinYangYo: the main characters are two cute bunny rabbits while their master is a panda. Their friends include a dog, a chicken, an aardvark, and some sort of monster. The villains are also a mixed batch: one of their main enemies is a cockroach who is deemed ugly and a giant bat; then, there's enemies like Yuck who looks like Yin and Yang but only with more dingy fur and sharp teeth (they even call him cute in the first episode he's in), the Chung Pow Kittens who are a group of adorable cats, and Fastidious who is a small hamster with a British acccent.

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* Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. While the allegences allegiances are kept the same, the slovenly human-like Urpneys are [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock]] {{Villain Protagonist}}s while the cutesy bunny-like Noops are {{Hero Antagonist}}s. [[BigBad Zordrak]] on the other hand, is as [[EldritchAbomination hideous]] and [[VileVillainSaccharineShow as evil]] as they come.
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come. Still played straight to a erroneous degree in the sense that the Land of Dream was still conveyed as a saccharine borderline embodiment of good, despite often being far more vindictive and self righteous than the uglier but [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]] Urpneys (who were almost always {{Harmless Villain}}s JustFollowingOrders) and often [[DisproportionateRetribution taking their retaliations far beyond self defense]] [[UnscrupulousHero for the sake of sadistic fun]]. The narrative still vigorously conveys the heroes as righteous and properly provoked and the Urpneys deserving whatever they dish them, with all of a couple of instances the Noops were even vaguely depicted as taking things too far.
* [[ZigZaggedTrope [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] in WesternAnimation/YinYangYo: ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'': the main characters are two cute bunny rabbits while their master is a panda. Their friends include a dog, a chicken, an aardvark, and some sort of monster. The villains are also a mixed batch: one of their main enemies is a cockroach who is deemed ugly and a giant bat; then, there's enemies like Yuck who looks like Yin and Yang but only with more dingy fur and sharp teeth (they even call him cute in the first episode he's in), the Chung Pow Kittens who are a group of adorable cats, and Fastidious who is a small hamster with a British acccent.



* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' where the adorable "prize inside" stuffed teddy bear looking aliens are evil conquerers who use their cuteness to catch their victims off guard.

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' where the adorable "prize inside" stuffed teddy bear looking aliens are evil conquerers who use their cuteness to catch their victims off guard.



* This trope became incredibly obvious during a commercial break on the DiscoveryChannel: A commercial was aired from the Humane Society about animal abuse, which among understandable footage of maimed dogs and cats had a shot of a seal being clubbed while the narrator explained how horrible it is to harm or even kill a living animal. Immediately afterward was a commercial for ''Series/DeadliestCatch'', a show about the unsympathetic systematic slaughter of millions of crab that are killed in much less humane ways than the seals.

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* This trope became incredibly obvious during a commercial break on the DiscoveryChannel: Creator/DiscoveryChannel: A commercial was aired from the Humane Society about animal abuse, which among understandable footage of maimed dogs and cats had a shot of a seal being clubbed while the narrator explained how horrible it is to harm or even kill a living animal. Immediately afterward was a commercial for ''Series/DeadliestCatch'', a show about the unsympathetic systematic slaughter of millions of crab that are killed in much less humane ways than the seals.



* The listing of animals under the United States' Endangered Species Act is a good example of this: "The employees in the Office of Endangered Species proceeded by listing the species that they liked best despite the prescription against ranking in the Act. A survey of their preferences demonstrated that they ranked mammals and birds above fish, amphibians, and reptiles, and these preferences reflect the rankings of which species are actually listed. The few listed arachnids suggests they have relatively few to champion their case for candidacy." [[http://www.jstor.org/pss/2647029L link]]

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* The listing of animals under the United States' Endangered Species Act is a good example of this: "The employees in the Office of Endangered Species proceeded by listing the species that they liked best despite the prescription against ranking in the Act. A survey of their preferences demonstrated that they ranked mammals and birds above fish, amphibians, and reptiles, and these preferences reflect the rankings of which species are actually listed. The few listed arachnids suggests they have relatively few to champion their case for candidacy." [[http://www.jstor.org/pss/2647029L link]]"



* In a now notorious Internet video, a man, one Luke Magnotta (who was later arrested for murdering and dismembering his roommate), fed a live [[CuteKitten kitten]] to a Burmese python. When the video [[InternetBackdraft caused an uproar]], some people defended his actions, pointing out that there are several videos on YouTube of cats killing and eating baby snakes, and no-one complains about this.
* Fully-domesticated pet animals (ie cats and dogs, rather than captive-bred-but-essentially-wild ones like reptiles and birds) exhibit neoteny, which is when they keep juvenile traits into adulthood. This is probably an effect of us looking after them - but it serves to make us want to look after them more, because babies are helpless and adorable. Similarly, domestication seems to select for more expressive, human-like faces - hence the eyebrow-like markings on many breeds of dogs. When it comes to our pets, we select for cute.

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* In a now notorious Internet video, a man, one Luke Magnotta (who was later arrested for murdering and dismembering his roommate), fed a live [[CuteKitten kitten]] to a Burmese python. When the video [[InternetBackdraft caused an uproar]], some people defended his actions, pointing out that there are several videos on YouTube Website/YouTube of cats killing and eating baby snakes, and no-one complains about this.
* Fully-domesticated pet animals (ie (i.e. cats and dogs, rather than captive-bred-but-essentially-wild ones like reptiles and birds) exhibit neoteny, which is when they keep juvenile traits into adulthood. This is probably an effect of us looking after them - but it serves to make us want to look after them more, because babies are helpless and adorable. Similarly, domestication seems to select for more expressive, human-like faces - hence the eyebrow-like markings on many breeds of dogs. When it comes to our pets, we select for cute.
8th Aug '16 9:15:04 PM Sharlee
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** Of course, another reason for this is that dolphins are many times more intelligent than tuna.

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** Of course, another reason for this is that dolphins are many times more intelligent than tuna.tuna, and breed a lot more slowly, so aren't as able to replace their losses.
8th Aug '16 9:13:07 PM Sharlee
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** Hamsters have been known to ''[[IAmAHumanitarian eat their own]] [[EatsBabies babies]] for no discernible reason. Rats don't do this unless the baby has already died, and in that case it's done to tidy up the nest for the surviving pups. But hamsters are still more popular.

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** Hamsters have been known Same-sex hamsters will ''always'' fight each other to ''[[IAmAHumanitarian eat their own]] [[EatsBabies babies]] for no discernible reason. the death if confined together, even if they're littermates. Rats enjoy other rats' company, so don't do this unless the baby has already died, and in that case it's done if they're properly introduced to tidy up the nest for the surviving pups.one another. But hamsters are still more popular.
8th Aug '16 9:09:56 PM Sharlee
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** A considerable amount of effort and money goes into protecting the American Mustang which is an introduced species descended from escaped horses brought to North America by the Spanish. The amount of effort and money going into protecting the Mustang is significantly greater than goes into protecting many genuine indigenous endangered species. Fossil records however have shown that horses did exist in North America before they befell the same fate shared by many of North America's megafauna (like Mammoths and North American Lions). So it is thought that their presence is actually restoring a bit of the enviroment that was once lost. The same cannot be said for the Australian Brumby (Horses were never native to Australia).

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** A considerable amount of effort and money goes into protecting the American Mustang which is an introduced species descended from escaped horses brought to North America by the Spanish. The amount of effort and money going into protecting the Mustang is significantly greater than goes into protecting many genuine indigenous endangered species. Fossil records however have shown that horses did exist in North America before they befell the same fate shared by many of North America's megafauna (like Mammoths and North American Lions). So it is thought that their presence is actually restoring a bit of the enviroment environment that was once lost. The same cannot be said for the Australian Brumby (Horses were never native to Australia).



** Hamsters have been known to ''[[IAmAHumanitarian eat their own]] [[EatsBabies babies]]. Rats don't do this. But hamsters are still more popular.

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** Hamsters have been known to ''[[IAmAHumanitarian eat their own]] [[EatsBabies babies]]. babies]] for no discernible reason. Rats don't do this.this unless the baby has already died, and in that case it's done to tidy up the nest for the surviving pups. But hamsters are still more popular.
23rd Jul '16 4:37:14 PM N8han11
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*** Bloodwrath anyone?



*** Squirrels aren't always good guys. Just look at the murderous Gawtrybe...



*** He did specifically make one of his Big Bads cute on purpose; Ferahgo the Assassin and his son Klitch are both cute weasels with [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience pretty blue eyes]].



*** It's simple. The good guys are vegetarian/pescatarian, even in defiance of their species' natural requirements (badgers, moles, shrews, some birds of prey). The bad guys are scavengers and hunting carnivores (rats, ferrets, weasels).



*** Runnerbeasts seem to be a [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke modified]] and side-evolved Terran animal -- horses were among the first things deployed by colonists, along with cattle and oxen. As to dolphins, there were mentioned "tales" that sometimes they help fishermen in a trouble. After the Pernese forgot their origins it was taboo to catch a "shipfish" in a net or kill one any other way, for fear that the rest would stop guiding and rescuing sailors.



* Both used and averted in ''Literature/WatershipDown''. The heroes are rabbits. The major predators of rabbits are ''minor'' enemies - the BigBad is actually another rabbit (and a downright AxCrazy psycho too! [[KillerRabbit Never seen a rabbit attack a dog head on before!]])
** Who's a cute little bunny? Who's a cute little...'''''AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!!'''''
*** But then you look at real life -- you can find video of rabbits attacking other animals, too, like goats. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ez5QPW-ku4 Rabbits are deceptively badass]].
*** The BigBad and his minions are not the only hostile rabbits. There are (arguably) even worse rabbits in the book than him. They make a few friends with cute animals, but it is justified. They befriended them due to a common predator enemy.

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* Both used and averted in ''Literature/WatershipDown''. The heroes are rabbits. The major predators of rabbits are ''minor'' enemies - the BigBad is actually another rabbit (and a downright AxCrazy psycho too! [[KillerRabbit Never seen a rabbit attack a dog head on before!]])
** Who's a cute little bunny? Who's a cute little...'''''AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!!'''''
*** But then you look at real life -- you can find video of rabbits attacking other animals, too, like goats. [[http://www.
before!]])[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ez5QPW-ku4 Rabbits are deceptively badass]].
*** The BigBad and his minions are not the only hostile rabbits. There are (arguably) even worse rabbits in the book than him. They make a few friends with cute animals, but it is justified. They befriended them due to a common predator enemy.
badass]].



** [[FridgeLogic But what about cute little veal calves?]]
*** You don't have to look at them while they're alive.



*** Get a copy of ''Draconomicon'' and look at the blue dragon wyrmling. It's [[UglyCute kind of cute]] in a weird reptilian way. For a bizarre use of this trope, blue dragons are the ''least evil'' of Chromatics in 4th edition - sure, they're arrogant, self-serving jerks, but they prefer cows to humans and can get along quite well with people as long as they receive ample groveling and tribute. Contrast this with black dragons, who just look nasty and tend to hang out in swamps dissolving people.



*** ''{{Nodwick}}'' has some [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2005-07-13 fun]] with this.



* The World Wildlife Fund happily avoids this with their [[http://www.worldwildlife.org/ogc/species_category.cfm symbolic gift adoption program]] (perfect for any Tropers having a hard time getting a gift this holiday season for that one person impossible to shop for). For fifty dollars, your giftee gets an adorable stuffed animal, and the real animal gets some much-needed help. Available adoptees include the expected lions and elephants and monkeys...''and'' giant salamanders, vampire bats, Tasmanian devils, baboons, hyenas, sharks, stingrays, and so on. (About the only thing sorely missing is the aforementioned Coelacanth.)
** But also embraces the trope with their adorable {{panda|ingToTheAudience}} logo.
* It helped that there were [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads and Loads of Beanie Babies]]. But where else have we ever seen plush Komodo Dragons, cockroaches, scorpions...?
** [[http://www.amazon.com/TY-BEANIE-BABY-STINGER-Scorpion/dp/B0018OLJCA Stinger the scorpion]], [[http://www.amazon.com/Beanie-Babies-Spinner-the-Spider/dp/B00001QECA Spinner the spider]] and [[http://www.amazon.co.uk/TY-Pinchers-Lobster-Beanie-Baby/dp/B00001QEAS Pinchers the lobster]] are all pleased to meet you.

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* The World Wildlife Fund happily avoids this with their [[http://www.worldwildlife.org/ogc/species_category.cfm symbolic gift adoption program]] (perfect for any Tropers having a hard time getting a gift this holiday season for that one person impossible to shop for).program]]. For fifty dollars, your giftee gets an adorable stuffed animal, and the real animal gets some much-needed help. Available adoptees include the expected lions and elephants and monkeys...''and'' giant salamanders, vampire bats, Tasmanian devils, baboons, hyenas, sharks, stingrays, and so on. (About the only thing sorely missing is the aforementioned Coelacanth.)
** But also embraces the trope with their adorable {{panda|ingToTheAudience}} logo.
* It helped that there were [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads and Loads of Beanie Babies]]. But where else have we ever seen plush Komodo Dragons, cockroaches, scorpions...?
** [[http://www.amazon.com/TY-BEANIE-BABY-STINGER-Scorpion/dp/B0018OLJCA Stinger the scorpion]], [[http://www.amazon.com/Beanie-Babies-Spinner-the-Spider/dp/B00001QECA Spinner the spider]] and [[http://www.amazon.co.uk/TY-Pinchers-Lobster-Beanie-Baby/dp/B00001QEAS Pinchers the lobster]] are all pleased to meet you.
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*** The "original nine" contained, besides obvious choices as bears, if not downright ugly, certainly not traditionally cute animals such as a moose, pig, and the amazingly odd choice of [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi platypus.]]

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*** ** The "original nine" contained, besides obvious choices as bears, if not downright ugly, certainly not traditionally cute animals such as a moose, pig, and the amazingly odd choice of [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi platypus.]]



*** It helped that the toy line seemed to be on a mission to turn every species they could think of into an [[AnimalSuperhero anthropomorphic superhero]].



*** Would you believe there's some TruthInTelevision to this episode? Long story short, asking a very young child to help you pull up the weeds in your perennial garden is not going to end well. (Certainly, you want the dandelions and their pretty flowers to flourish while getting those boring echinacea leaves out of the way, right?) On a separately bad note, some children delight in ripping up dandelions. But only their HEADS, leaving the roots to continue their conquest of your front lawn.



*** Deadeye was voiced by Scott [=McNeil=]. The Aesop is "never trust any baddie not voiced by Scott [=McNeil=]".



* Averted by ''[[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]]'' who was essentially a living, breathing incarnation of the FriendToAllLivingThings trope. The man once gave a heartbreaking eulogy to a dying lizard. Not even a very exciting or rare lizard. It was just a lizard. But he cared enough, anyway.

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* Averted by ''[[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]]'' who was essentially a living, breathing incarnation of the FriendToAllLivingThings trope. The man once gave a heartbreaking eulogy to a dying lizard. Not even a very exciting or rare lizard. It was just a lizard. But he cared enough, anyway.



** Prevalent in the Anglosphere and Western world in general. It probably dates back to Christianization of Europe. Horses were eaten in Pagan rituals, and the church discourage this. In the 19th century there was an attempt to use old work horses as cheap food for the poor, but it never really caught on. Combine this with horses being very valuable for much of their history, and the fact that people work closely with them makes killing them, and eating them a bigger deal than cows.
*** The religious background for this in Christian and Jewish tradition is spelled out in The Book of Leviticus. Chapter 11 deals with what is and is not acceptable for eating, stating that only those "That has a cloven hoof, divided in two, and that is a ruminant" are acceptable. Since horse hooves are not divided (they walk on a single toe on each foot) and they don't ruminate (that is, chew cud), they are forbidden.

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** Prevalent in the Anglosphere and Western world in general. It probably dates back to Christianization of Europe. Horses were eaten in Pagan rituals, and the church discourage this. In the 19th century there was an attempt to use old work horses as cheap food for the poor, but it never really caught on. Combine this with horses being very valuable for much of their history, and the fact that people work closely with them makes killing them, and eating them a bigger deal than cows.
*** The religious background for this in Christian and Jewish tradition is spelled out in The Book of Leviticus. Chapter 11 deals with what is and is not acceptable for eating, stating that only those "That has a cloven hoof, divided in two, and that is a ruminant" are acceptable. Since horse hooves are not divided (they walk on a single toe on each foot) and they don't ruminate (that is, chew cud), they are forbidden.
cows.
23rd Jul '16 4:32:25 PM N8han11
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** The reason they have Rufus eating junk-food is because part of the diet of real Naked Mole Rats consists of their own feces.
23rd Jul '16 4:31:59 PM N8han11
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* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bobby's environmentalist teacher Mr. [=McKay=] campaigns for the preservation of "Itchy Algae"; when Hank argues that its extinction would be a good thing, [=McKay=] decries letting a species' habitat be destroyed "just because it isn't cuddly or good for anything." Great message. Too bad Mr. [=McKay=] is [[StrawCharacter portrayed as a delusional]] HippieTeacher...whom Hank Hill surprisingly agrees with.
** He was only agreeing with him because he didn't want the city to drain the quarry that the algae lived in, because his friend's car had been hidden at the bottom of said quarry for decades.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bobby's environmentalist teacher Mr. [=McKay=] campaigns for the preservation of "Itchy Algae"; when Hank argues that its extinction would be a good thing, [=McKay=] decries letting a species' habitat be destroyed "just because it isn't cuddly or good for anything." Great message. Too bad Mr. [=McKay=] is [[StrawCharacter portrayed as a delusional]] HippieTeacher...whom Hank Hill surprisingly agrees with.
** He was only agreeing with him because he didn't want the city to drain the quarry that the algae lived in, because his friend's car had been hidden at the bottom of said quarry for decades.
HippieTeacher.
11th Jul '16 2:24:28 PM Caps-luna
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* A lot a nature conservation efforts tend to focus on deer, especially if there is an anti-hunting spin involved. While in someplace this is justified as there are threatened species of deer, in most instances trying to conserve deer populations is actually ''harmful'' to the environment. In many places the deer's natural predators have been eliminated, allowing them to breed until they have no food left and they starve.
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