Animal characters in fiction run the gamut. Just a look at the listing in Animal Stereotypes
shows that there are plenty of common enough animals that are used for their distinctive traits (presumed or real).
Then there's the Seldom Seen Species
— that is, a species that, once you see it, makes you think, "Hey, you don't usually see that animal!" Most likely a Subjective Trope
. Specific animal stereotypes may or may not apply.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog universe is full of this. Of course, you have Sonic and all the other hedgehogs, but there are plenty more, including echidnas (several, most famously Knuckles), lynx (Nicole, Lightning Lynx, et al.) and even Mina Mongoose.
- Cerebus of course.
- How many fictional meerkats can you name outside Timon?
- Redwall is known for focusing on the almost-never-used ends of the mustelid spectrum, such as ferrets and stoats. Also, hedgehogs.
- Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the Rudyard Kipling book about a mongoose.
- The Happy Tree Friends universe includes an anteater (Sniffles) and a porcupine (Flaky). The former lives up to his name by eating ants (or at least trying to), while the latter is a total coward with dandruff in her quills.
- Cyril and Cedric Sneer from The Raccoons are both aardvarks.