Up for grabs.
He's the only horse we have left. His name is Earthquake, but we call him "Quake" for short. 'Cause that's what he makes all the stablehands do.
A horse, dragon, dinosaur, or other creature that is being used as a mount has a mind of its own. And doesn't like its rider. So it resists being saddled, doesn't take commands, tries and often succeeds in throwing the rider. Such animals are often black
. They most likely started out fractious when being broken (indeed, broncos for rodeos are specially selected for the challenge they present), and this mount hasn't improved much with training. Don't expect bribes of food treats to work either; people foolish enough to offer a treat are likely to be bitten and/or kicked for their trouble.
If such an animal is well-known to be tempermental, expect its name to reflect this
. Characters in the know (stable hands or bystanders with expertise in handling such animals) will advise against riding the animal. Despite having such a reputation, a specific person may get good responses from the animal, and be much marveled at for doing so.
Frequently Played for Laughs
Anime and Manga
- Charizard in the early Pokemon Anime.
- Disney's Melody Time segment "Pecos Bill". When Slue-Foot Sue tried to ride Bill's horse Widowmaker, he took her for quite a trip - all the way to the Moon.
- Friar Tuck's donkey in Sword Of Sherwood Forest.
- "Tornado" (the 2nd one) in The Mask of Zorro
- Ichabod Crane's borrowed horse Gunpowder in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: "The animal he bestrode was a broken-down plow-horse, that had outlived almost everything but its viciousness."
- About half the horses ridden by the heroes of Louis L'Amour novels (Westerns).
- Stranger (ridden by The Hound) and Smiler (ridden by Theon) from A Song of Ice and Fire. Justified Trope since these are war mounts, trained for battle.
- Moist von Ligwig rides one of these to another city to help save the postal system.
- Lt. Blouse's horse in Monstrous Regiment.
- And "You Bastard!" the camel in Pyramids.
- Zeus, Theo's recalcitrant horse in the Fools' Guild Mysteries by Alan Gordon. Theo's little daughter Portia gets affectionate nuzzles, while everybody else risks life and limb just getting close to him, and even Theo has a touch-and-go relationship with him.
- The Codex Alera gives us the Taurga, which try at every opportunity to dislodge, bite or kill their riders.
- "The Strawberry Roan"--"I'll bet all my money the man ain't alive, that can stay with that bronc 'till he makes his high dive."
- In Dungeons & Dragons, there's an item known as the Obsidian Steed. If the rider is good-aligned, they must roll to control the beast or it goes to the Lower Planes and dumps them there.
- Warhammer 40K: Juggernauts of Khorne
- Giant metal rhinos serve as beasts of battle. Being creatures of the god of rage, they are 'very hard to break in, which makes their riders all the more feared.
- Slaughterfiends are demonically-possessed machines that exist only to kill. Khornates make a point of trying to hitch a ride on ione, as such a feat vastly improves their status.
- Red Dead Redemption has a lot of unique and in some cases magical horses that must be "broken" before they can be ridden. And even a broken horse can still buck you off if you don't pay attention to the stamina meter.
- The Elum in Abe's Oddysee is a grumbly cuss, but hopping on his back is the only way to progress through certain sections where the jumps are too broad for Abe alone.