Created By: EarnestAugust 4, 2010 Last Edited By: EarnestAugust 6, 2010
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I'm Horny

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Molting season is not kind to his self esteem.

Whether huge and hindering or hideous and hulking, having horns can hamper the head. Hatless heroes and their horrible foes can heft these horns alike. Horns act as a haunting and inhumanizing halo, hybridizing homo-erectus with herbivore or horror.

And because my alliteartion can't convert the following passage, it's in normal prose. Varieties of horn include: ram like curving horns, antlers, goat nubs (Satyrs) and bull horns (Minotaurs). For some reason, a single spiky horn up front to rarely confers Unicorn like purity.

Usually features of the Beast Man, Petting Zoo People, half-demons and demons, minotaurs and satyrs. Also, this makes a great Baleful Polymorph for guys (or gals) who cheat on their spouse.
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  • August 4, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Hellboy prefers to file his down to stumps.
  • August 4, 2010
    JonnyB
  • August 4, 2010
    foxley
  • August 4, 2010
    SweetMadness
    • This is a racial feature of all the Trolls in Homestuck. The actual styles vary wildly from individual to individual though.
  • August 4, 2010
    Pickly
    Some creatures and units in the Warcraft games. Furion Stormrage is an example.
  • August 4, 2010
    callsignecho
    Dionysus was often called "the horned god," and was depicted either wearing horns or actually having them. Oni of Japanese legends had a single, sometimes off-center horn.

    • A little hanyou girl in the Inuyasha movie has tiny curling horns rather like a ram. The many oni are depicted with the traditional single horn.
    • Memory Sorrow And Thorn: In the main character's dream, the king of the elves has a rack of horns like a deer. For most of the book, that's what he thinks it is. It's not until he sees the king in person that he realizes it's a crown of branches.
    • Tru Blood: Maryanne builds an effigy featuring a man with horns, and when she sees a pure white bull, she calls it her god. Presumably she is referring to Dionysus.
  • August 4, 2010
    JackMackerel
  • August 4, 2010
    SweetMadness
    ^ The Ifrit summon in Final Fantasy also usually sports these.
  • August 5, 2010
    Koveras
    Horns are an option for the Fallen's Apocalyptic Form in Demon The Fallen, which, in addition to looking badass, also gives them an extra attack form.
  • August 5, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • August 5, 2010
    Earnest
    Thanks for all the examples! Is everyone satisfied with the current trope name? Or is something less punny in order?
  • August 5, 2010
    foxley
    Minor Marvel Universe villains Man-Bull and Bison.
  • August 5, 2010
    ChevalierMalfait
    • Medieval and Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo often depicted Moses with horns, due to the Vulgate (Latin Bible translation) misreading the Hebrew of Exodus 34:35 as stating that Moses's face was "horned" (keren) instead of "shining" (karan). This contributed to the anti-Semitic belief that all Jews have horns.
      • The klezmer group The Klezmatics played with this stereotype by titling one of their albums Jews with Horns.
  • August 5, 2010
    GKJG
    Sabato from Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro Chan The characters who are souls encased in armor from Fullmetal Alchemist tend to have these, notably Al and Barry the Chopper. Astarot from that Japanese Spiderman thing. The Succubus class from Disgaea
  • August 6, 2010
    Koveras
    • The Desire Demons in Dragon Age look like beautiful, scantly-clad women... with horns.
  • August 6, 2010
    macroscopic
    I hate to be the one to bring it up, but there are some rather obvious problems this name would have.
  • August 6, 2010
    foxley
  • August 6, 2010
    Grandy
    Tony Ton Chopper from One Piece. Has horns coming from holes in his hat.
  • August 6, 2010
    hbi2k
    Classically, horns were thought to be a symptom, not of cheating on one's spouse, but the opposite: being cuckolded. Supposedly, the reason Oberon had horns was because Titania got around. (With no less than the personification of dreams, to hear some tell it.)
  • August 6, 2010
    Earnest
    Well, to correct the contraction conundrum, how about Horned Human, or Horned Humanoid, since many examples aren't strictly speaking human?
  • August 6, 2010
    Smokie
    Nosferatu Zodd from Berserk. He loses one of his horns after fighting against Griffith.

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