Created By: TaleOn113 on December 23, 2017 Last Edited By: TaleOn113 on December 26, 2017
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Bad Ol' Badger

Where badgers have been negatively portrayed.

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In regards to mustelids being portrayed in pop culture, weasels are normally crafty and sneaky and skunks are smelly. When it comes to vicious and downright aggressive, that's where badgers come in. While badgers have had both positive and negative portrayals, the negatives tend to be a lot more harsher than with weasels and skunks. This could be due to farmers' view of them, since badgers can be a predator to small livestock.

Compare with Wicked Weasel and Bears Are Bad News.


Examples

Films - Animated
  • Mr. Digger the badger from The Fox and the Hound, who is shown to be a Grumpy Bear and isn't very friendly especially towards Tod.
  • Friar Tuck is depicted as a badger in the Disney version of Robin Hood. Mostly an aversion of usual portrayals of the species, yet has a Beware the Nice Ones moment when he fights the Sheriff of Nottingham for taking from the church's poor box.
  • Gupta from Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, one of Captain Gutt's minions. He is pretty vicious fighter and he even has the traiditional pirate "skull and bones" flag on his back.

Literature
  • Tommy Brock from The Tale of Mr Tod, who is the arch enemy of the protagonist and kidnaps rabbit children to eat them.
  • In the Roger Macgough poem Badgers and Goodgers, badgers are described as nocturnal thugs, vandals and child-eaters, and are Always Chaotic Evil counterparts to an Always Lawful Good species called the goodgers, who are charitable hippies with pure white fur. When a string of disasters hits the forest, the goodgers starve themselves to extinction as they try to care for the other animals that have suffered, and the nature spirit Pan anoints the black fur of the badgers with a white stripe in memory of their cousins.
  • Badger from Wind In The Willows is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, gruff in manner but noble and loyal to his friends.
  • One of the climactic events of Warrior Cats: The New Prophecy is the badgers who were displaced when the eponymous cats moved to 'their' lake forming into an army and attacking them.
  • Redwall:
    • Plays this both ways. Badgers have a longer lifespan than most other woodland creatures so they can become much older and wiser, and they're larger and stronger so they also make some of the greatest warriors. Because of this, a badger is always the Big Good of Salamandastron. That said, they also are the creatures most likely to suffer from Bloodwrath, a disease that turns fighters into mindless killing machines in battle, and are habitually violent and ruthless, making them the most dangerous of the "good guy" species.
    • Averted by the good-natured and motherly Constance the Badger. However, she is also a major example of Beware the Nice Ones and Good Is Not Soft, as evidenced by the time she responded to Cluny the Scourge's ultimatum by lifting a table and threatening to flatten him with it.

Live Action TV

Other
  • The verb "to badger" means to annoy or harass someone by repeatedly asking the same question, which also adds to the negative perception of badgers.

Video Games
  • The video game version of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit has enemies that include Were-Badger,s which are the strongest and toughest enemies in the game. Though they were simply normal badgers supposedly taken by Victor who turns them into Were-Badgers using Wallace's Mind-O-Matic along with other animals.
  • Far Cry 4 has a mission that requires you to kill and skin a unique honey badger. The mission repeatedly asks you to confirm that you are insane enough to attempt it. When you get to the mission site you'll see a man fleeing in terror and numerous dead animals that were presumably killed by the honey badger, including a rhino. In Far Cry Primal, a tamed badger will scare off all other animals (except snakes). Badgers are also the only animal that will bite Takkar if he attempts to pet one.

Webcomics
  • Played straight in some of the strips of Sabrina Online with a mugger who is a badger. His first appearance has him trying to mug both Sabrina and RC but the couple were able to escape after Sabrina sprays him in the face. However he would return in later strips where he almost murders Sabrina and is later physically attacked by Sabrina's boss Zig Zag and arrested.

Web Video
  • Played straight by The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger, a dubbed-over nature video that frames the honey badger as a brazen, violent psychopath.

Western Animation
  • Bix Badger from The Raccoons, a rather arrogant motorcycle racer.
  • In the TaleSpin episode "The Balooest of the Bluebloods" one of the antagonists is Hans, a badger who teams up with an opossum Helga to murder the Von Bruinwalds so they could claim their inheritance.
  • The badger from The New Woody Woodpecker Show who is a recurring character. He is shown as very aggressive and vicious. His appearance should be enough to see that.
    "Hiya buddy."
  • In The Simpsons episode "A Tale of Two Springfields", Homer is attacked by a badger who has taken over Santa's Little Helper's doghouse. At the end of the episode, a horde of badgers descend on an unsuspecting Springfield.
  • Hector Mc Badger from Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks who is The Bully of the show, even appearing as an antagonist in some episodes. Though he is shown to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, like the episode where he returned a lamb to its mother.
  • In an episode of Futurama, there's a weapon designed by Benjamin Franklin called a "Franklinator". It's a badger on a stick (except for Fry's; he has a chipmunk).
  • Sonic Boom:
    • Averted with Sticks the Badger. Sticks is a feral badger who, despite being paranoid, loopy, and none too fond of the government, regularly helps Sonic and his friends save Hedgehog Village from Dr. Eggman.
    • In the episode, "Unnamed Episode", it is revealed that the Unnamed Village used to be named Badgerville, after Sticks' great-great grandfather, Jebediah Badger. Jebediah held ownership over Badgerville and used his influence to gain power through corruption of the system, forcing people out of their homes to develop on their land and expand his fortune. Eventually, the villagers rebelled and chased Jebediah away. Since Sticks is the great-great granddaughter of Jebediah, the villagers shunned her despite the fact that she saves them on a regular basis. When it is revealed that Jebediah never relinquished ownership of the Unnamed Village, Sticks inherits it, uses it to stop one of Dr. Eggman's plans, and restore her reputation, renaming the Unnamed Village "Hedgehog Village" after her friend, Amy.
  • Averted with Badger from The Animals of Farthing Wood who is a kind and gentle member of the Farthing Wood animals with a sense of wisdom and loyalty to this friends.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • December 24, 2017
    Astaroth
    Zero Context Examples. Please explain what it is about each of these that makes them bad.

  • December 23, 2017
    TonyG
    • Badger from Wind In The Willows is a Jerk With A Heart Of Gold, gruff in manner but noble and loyal to his friends.
    • Friar Tuck is depicted as a badger in the Disney version of Robin Hood. Mostly a reversal of usual portrayals of the species, yet has a Beware The Nice Ones moment when he fights the Sheriff of Nottingham for taking from the church's poor box.
    • In The Simpsons episode "A Tale of Two Springfields", Homer is attacked by a badger who has taken over Santa's Little Helper's doghouse. At the end of the episode, a horde of badgers descend on an unsuspecting Springfield.
    • On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon once mentioned that an uncle of his was killed by a badger.

  • December 23, 2017
    Starbug
    In an episode of Futurama, there's a weapon designed by Benjamin Franklin called a "Franklinator". It's a badger on a stick (except for Fry's; he has a chipmunk).
  • December 24, 2017
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    Averted by the good-natured and motherly Constance the Badger from Redwall. However, she is also a major example of Beware The Nice Ones and Good Is Not Soft, as evidenced by the time she responded to Cluny the Scourge's ultimatum by lifting a table and threatening to flatten him with it.
  • December 23, 2017
    Argon2
    • One of the climactic events of Warrior Cats: The New Prophecy is the badgers who were displaced when the eponymous cats moved to 'their' lake forming into an army and attacking them.
  • December 23, 2017
    KTera
    • Far Cry 4 has a mission that requires you to kill and skin a unique honey badger. The mission repeatedly asks you to confirm that you are insane enough to attempt it. When you get to the mission site you'll see a man fleeing in terror and numerous dead animals that were presumably killed by the honey badger, including a rhino. In Far Cry Primal, a tamed badger will scare off all other animals (except snakes). Badgers are also the only animal that will bite Takkar if he attempts to pet one.
  • December 23, 2017
    IniuriaTalis
    • Redwall plays this both ways. Badgers have a longer lifespan than most other woodland creatures so they can become much older and wiser, and they're larger and stronger so they also make some of the greatest warriors. Because of this, a badger is always the Big Good of Salamandastron. That said, they also are the creatures most likely to suffer from Bloodwrath, a disease that turns fighters into mindless killing machines in battle, and are habitually violent and ruthless, making them the most dangerous of the "good guy" species.
  • December 24, 2017
    Arivne
    • Corrected punctuation (added periods at the ends of sentences, commas).
    • Corrected spelling (farmers -> farmers').
    • Examples section
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  • December 24, 2017
    TaleOn113
    Ok, added context to Gupta now.
  • December 24, 2017
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    Web Video
  • December 24, 2017
    Snicka
    The verb "to badger" means to annoy or harass someone by repeatedly asking the same question, which also adds to the negative perception of badgers.
  • December 26, 2017
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Western Animation
    • Sonic Boom:
      • Inverted with Sticks the Badger. Sticks is a feral badger who, despite being paranoid, loopy, and none too fond of the government, regularly helps Sonic and his friends save Hedgehog Village from Dr. Eggman.
      • In the episode, "Unnamed Episode", it is revealed that the Unnamed Village used to be named Badgerville, after Sticks' great-great grandfather, Jebediah Badger. Jebediah held ownership over Badgerville and used his influence to gain power through corruption of the system, forcing people out of their homes to develop on their land and expand his fortune. Eventually, the villagers rebelled and chased Jebediah away. Since Sticks is the great-great granddaughter of Jebediah, the villagers shunned her despite the fact that she saves them on a regular basis. When it is revealed that Jebediah never relinquished ownership of the Unnamed Village, Sticks inherits it, uses it to stop one of Dr. Eggman's plans, and restore her reputation, renaming the Unnamed Village "Hedgehog Village" after her friend, Amy.
  • December 26, 2017
    TaleOn113
    Thanks for all the examples everyone!
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