Created By: oolong on December 3, 2011 Last Edited By: oolong on December 19, 2011

All Boys Like Reptiles

If someone is especially fond of reptiles, they are almost always a grade-school male.

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Many would think Reptiles Are Abhorrent, but not Bob! Whether it be lizards, snakes, dinosaurs or dragons (turtles too, but everyone loves those), he thinks they're just the coolest things on the planet. You're a wuss if you don't agree with him.

The Spear Counterpart to All Girls Like Ponies. The morality of said boy often varies. He may just be an innocent everyday kid who loves his bearded dragon and thinks dinosaurs are cool, or an Enfant Terrible who feeds his giant snake cute living animals, and he watches snake suffocate and devour the fuzzy critter for his own amusement. Either way, expect Bob to try to taunt girls with the wild lizard he found near the pond in order to gross them out, though amphibians can take that role too.
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  • December 3, 2011
    Oreochan
    Maybe you expand this to insects as well, as boys in media tend to be more fascinated by them than girls who are usually disgusted by them.
  • December 3, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ This.
  • December 3, 2011
    Ekuran
  • December 3, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    In the film version of Madeline, Peppito has a pet snake, and a miniature guillotine for beheading mice to feed it.
  • December 3, 2011
    Oreochan
    ^ I like Boys Like Gross Things, but it would make the name broader than just animals. However,broading the trope isnt a bad idea.
  • December 3, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the first episode of Smallville after the pilot, the Monster Of The Week boy who was into bugs. His mother didn't know what he could do with such a hobby; apparently she's never heard of entomology.
  • December 3, 2011
    CaveCat
    Froggy in the film version of The Little Rascals has a pet lizard.
  • December 4, 2011
    fulltimeD
    There was a reptile-obsessed teenage boy in the film Just One Of The Guys.
  • December 4, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    Well, if it's being expanded:

    • Calvin of Calvin And Hobbes really likes gross bugs - for some reason worms more than others. The female-gross-out variation is subverted once when he bets Susie that he'll eat worms in an effort to gross her out. She's totally willing to give him a nickel for five worms, and he stalls until his mother comes by. He reveals afterward that he really didn't want to go through with it.
  • December 4, 2011
    SharleeD
    Maybe "Boys Like Creepy Critters"?
  • December 5, 2011
    Chabal2
    • Jason Fox (10) of Fox Trot keeps an iguana named Quincy, which he mostly uses to freak out his 14-year-old sister Paige. He also occasionally takes it to school for the same reason, but is thouroughly befuddled when his new teacher likes it.
    • Inverted in Animorphs Marco, having just learned that the terrifying Hork-Bajir aliens have males and females, idly wonders how you tell them apart, like looking for bows on their head or "getting weird around bugs and snakes". Since this is taking place in Cassie's barn, she throws a garden snake at him. He panics.
  • December 5, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    I'd like to see it expanded, then it'd be a good place to file the newt-loving man-child Augustus "Gussie" Fink-Nottle from PG Wodehouse's Jeeves And Wooster stories.
  • December 14, 2011
    Oreochan
    Bump
  • December 14, 2011
    cygnavamp
    I like "Boys Like Creepy Critters" too.
  • December 14, 2011
    Oreochan
    As do I.
  • December 14, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • In an early episode of The Brady Bunch Marcia falls for a boy at school who's into insects, so she tries to get into insects too in order to attract him. She decides it's not worth the effort.
    • In Jim Stafford's song "Spiders & Snakes" the Narrator recalls walking Mary Lou home from school when they were children.
      And so we took a stroll and wound up down by the swimming hole
      And she said do what you want to do
      I got silly and found a frog in the water by a hollow log
      And I shook it at her and I said, "This frog's for you."
      She said,
      I don't like spiders and snakes
      And that ain't what it takes to love me
      You fool, you fool
      I don't like spiders and snakes
      And that ain't what it takes to love me
      Like I wanna be loved by you
  • December 14, 2011
    Andygal
  • December 14, 2011
    Goldfritha
    • In GK Chesterton's Manalive, the married woman, explaining to the two newly engaged women the art of a happy marriage, tells them about her uncle who liked snakes. (Her aunt let him keep them in his pockets, but not in the house.)
  • December 19, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    I'm not sure "Boys Like Creepy Critters" is that fitting, as it presupposes that people agree lizards are creepy; the boy in question may simply find lizards cute, for example.
  • December 19, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    The way I always see this concept played out is the All American Boy (and sometimes the Tom Boy) with his pockets full of frogs, snakes and horny toads, freaking out his mom or the girly girl next door.

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