Created By: EdnaWalker on October 25, 2011 Last Edited By: EdnaWalker on December 2, 2013
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There is a tendency, especially in animated works involving animal characters on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism from Nearly Normal Animal to Petting Zoo Person, to cast characters of some species as more commonly male and characters of some species as more commonly female. This is about an animal species that has both biological sexes in Real Life, but has one gender overrepresented in fiction due to stereotyping.

Usually the more ugly, masculine-looking, or androgynous-looking animals (like rhinos, pigs, gorillas, Ravens and Crows, Frogs And Toads, dogs, donkeys, turkeys, and walruses) are more commonly male, while the more beautiful, graceful, or feminine-looking ones (like cats, ladybugs, swans, giraffes, gazelles, and ironically peacocks and male-plumaged ostriches) are more commonly female. If butterflies are shown as adult butterflies they're all female, but when an "ugly" catepillar is shown it'll be male, and one of the few male butterflies. Some species can be either/or gender wise (like mice, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, kangaroos, and snakes).

There are exceptions to the "graceful animals are female, big stompy animals are male" part of the trope. Hippos for examples are quite often female in fiction and if so will be cast in the Fat Girl role. The Women Are Delicate aspect is often subverted with large animals who will then just act delicately for comedy, like cows and hippos.

Apex hunters such as wolves, bears, and lions tend to be portrayed as male (while unfortunately also being portrayed as "evil" in an anthropomorphic society). Generally, villains, especially in youth-oriented works, are more likely to be male, especially when non-human. However, more mature and realistic works know that in many cases, it is the female who tends to be more dangerous. Mosquitoes are the most notable and obvious example of this as not only are the females dangerous, the males are totally harmless. As an exception to the "predator" category, big cats other than lions (tigers, leopards, pumas, etc) are equally likely to be female, reflecting their grace and agility.

In animals which engage in complex courtship rituals, such as most birds, the males tend to be larger and more vibrantly coloured. But because these are more "pretty", they tend to be portrayed as female, especially if the bird in question is a peafowl.

The opposite is true with insects, where females tend to be bigger and stronger and more likely to have distinguishing marks while males are tiny and nondescript. Because of this insects like mosquitoes, mantises, ants, and bees are usually portrayed as male. Spiders seem to come out all right, though. It's become common knowledge that the female attempts to eat the male during/after coitus, so spiders tend to be portrayed as vamps, especially the Black Widow, probably thanks to her very indicative name.

Anytime a large population of a given species is present, there will be a more realistic balance of males and females to accurately reflect the human population. Thus in films like A Bug's Life (ants), Bee Movie (bees), Antz (ants), and Disney's adaptation of Tarzan (gorillas), males and females are seen together. It's still not realistically in the case with eusocial insects (like A Bug's Life, Bee Movie, and Antz), as the different genders tend to have widely different roles and appearances.

This trope can also be combined with Animal Motifs and Transformation Conventions. Subtrope to Species-Coded for Your Convenience. See also Animal Stereotypes, Animal Gender-Bender, Peacock Girl, Insect Gender-Bender, Female Feline, Male Mutt, and Gender Equals Breed. Related to and usually a subtrope to Women Are Delicate. Related to Pale Females, Dark Males and Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves.


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Common "Stock" Animal Gender Stereotypes Used Can Include:

     
  • Ants: More likely male, despite being made up mostly of females in Real Life.
  • Baboons: Usually male
  • Badgers: More likely to be male
  • Bears: More likely male, despite being the inspiration for the Mama Bear trope.
  • Bees: More likely male except for the queen, despite being made up mostly of females in Real Life.
  • Boars: Usually Male; wild sows rarely exist in fiction, but when they do, they usually have several striped piglets following them.
  • Butterflies: More likely to be female. Caterpillars are more likely to be male though; when they turn into butterflies, they are the few male butterflies in fiction.
  • Cats: More likely to be female if the cat in question has all-white fur or is paired with an almost always male dog. The "alley cat" tends to be portrayed as male though, so cartoons depicting cats hanging out by trash cans will likely depict them as male. The Cool Cat, Fat Cat, and orange cat are also more likely to be male. They are equally likely to be male or female otherwise. Any wild species except lions has a similar either male or female gender coding that domestic and feral cats have.
  • Cattle: Can be either male (bull or steer/ox) or female (cow) depending on the needs of the story.
  • Chickens: Can be either male (rooster) or female (hen) depending on the needs of the story.
  • Chimpanzees: Usually male
  • Crows: Most likely male
  • Dogs: More likely male, especially when paired with an often female cat. Poodles and Salukis are usually female though.
  • Donkeys and Mules: Usually male
  • Elephants: Asian Elephants are usually male, as are elephants in works that don't tell and Asian elephant and an African Elephant apart. African Elephants can be either male or female, though there can be a slight male bias. Also, the leader of an elephant herd will almost always be male, despite that in real life male elephants are solitary and females lead the herd.
  • Foxes: Often female in Japanese works, but often male as a protagonist in Western works. Equally likely to be male or female otherwise.
  • Frogs: More likely to be male
  • Giraffes: Often female, but can be male sometimes
  • Goats: Most likely to be male
  • Gorillas: Usually male, especially if only one shows up in a work of fiction. Females are usually only shown if a whole troop is shown.
  • Hippos: Often female and playing as either a Big Beautiful Woman or a Fat Girl.
  • Horse: Most likely to be male because stallions considered are badass, but ponies seem to be an exception (see the whole My Little Pony franchise).
  • Humans: Can be either equally likely to be male or female or more likely to be male depending on the needs of the story.
  • Kangaroos: More likely to be female. Joeys are more likely to be male though. If the kangaroo is male, it is also normally depicted with a pouch, which only females have.
  • Ladybugs: Usually female.
  • Lions: Usually male, thanks to the King of Beasts trope. Lionesses are usually only shown if a whole pride is shown.
  • Mantises: Most likely to be male.
  • Mice: Can be either male or female.
  • Monkeys: Most likely to be male.
  • Mongooses: Most likely to be male.
  • Mosquitoes: More likely male, despite the fact that in Real Life, only females suck blood.
  • Moths: Can be either male or female
  • Ostriches: Usually female, even if they are depicted with the male's black and white plumage.
  • Otters: More likely to be male
  • Peafowl: Usually female, despite being usually depicted with the peacock's blue and green feathers and train as well.
  • Pigs: More likely to be male.
  • Rabbits: Can be either male or female.
  • Ravens: Usually male, even though "Raven" as a name is more commonly a female name.
  • Rhinos: Usually male
  • Sheep: Can be either male or female.
  • Skunks: Can be either male or female or slightly more likely to be female.
  • Snakes: Can be either male or female
  • Spiders: Often female, but can be male sometimes
  • Squirrels: Either male or female.
  • Toads: Usually male.
  • Turkeys: Usually male.
  • Walruses: Usually male because it's whiskers resemble a moustache.

Notable Examples, Subversions, and Exceptions:

     Animated Film 
  • Madagascar has Alex the male lion, Marty the male zebra, and Gloria the female hippo. However, Melman is a male giraffe.
  • Kung Fu Panda is a near-perfect example, with a male panda bear, a female tiger, female snake, male monkey, and male mantis.
    • The sequel subverts this with the Soothsayer, a female goat.
  • A Bug's Life has ants of both genders (although, naturally, the protagonist is male), as well as a female spider, male caterpillar, male mantis, and female butterfly. However, it also has a subversion in the form of Francis the male ladybug, who is constantly being mistaken for a girl.
  • Tarzan subverts this trope with the two female gorillas Kala and Terk because gorillas are usually portrayed as male.

    Literature 
  • Subverted with Francis The Badger, who is female as badgers are more likely to be male in fiction.

    Video Games 
  • In Mega Man X series, all of the animal Mavericks are male - which means you can find a male peacock (Truth in Television, but not in fiction), male kangaroo (without pouch, thankfully), male butterfly (moth, but still) and male ostrich.

    Western Animation 
  • Subverted with Rhonda, the female walrus in one episode of The Penguins of Madagascar.
    • Also subverted with two female badgers in one episode, two female baboons in another episode, and a female chimp in yet another episode.
    • Also subverted with Marlene the female otter.
  • Subverted with Jenny the female donkey in the Donald Duck cartoons, "Don Donald" and "The Village Smithy."
  • Played straight with Magic, Eva's two henchdogs, and the dog palace guards being male and Princess Ava, her sister, Eva, and the cat palace guards being female, but subverted with the female crow in Puppy in My Pocket Adventures In Pocketville.
  • Besides a male cat as the main character, Cats Don't Dance is a near perfect example, with a male elephant, penguin, goat, and turtle, and a female hippo, cat, and fish.
  • Inverted in an episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers has a female gorilla named Kookoo. She's an Expy of the Real Life female gorilla Koko, who was trained to use human sign language.
  • A similar to the above inversion shows up in "Kiki's Kitten," an episode of Animaniacs, with the titular female gorilla antagonist.
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Community Feedback Replies: 75
  • October 26, 2011
    Bisected8
    Supertrope to Gender Equals Breed.
  • October 26, 2011
    TheChainMan
    Just saying I found funny "humans" were listed. Also, good trope.
  • October 26, 2011
    Generality
    A couple of points, though you seem to have hit on these already:

    Apex hunters such as wolves, bears, and lions, because they are considered "evil" in an anthropomorphic society, tend to be portrayed as male (I suppose this applies to humans too). However, more mature and realistic works know that in most cases, it is the female who tends to be more dangerous.

    In animals which engage in complex courtship rituals, such as most birds, the males tend to be larger and more vibrantly coloured. But because these are more "pretty", they tend to be portrayed as female.

    The opposite is true with insects, where females tend to be bigger and stronger and more likely to have distinguishing marks while males are tiny and nondescript. Because of this insects like mosquitoes, mantises, ants and bees are usually portrayed as male. Spiders seem to come out all right, though; somehow it's become common knowledge that the female attempts to eat the male during/after coitus, so spiders tend to be portrayed as vamps, especially the Black Widow, probably thanks to her very indicative name.

    You probably also need a more pithy title, though I can't think of one right now.
  • October 26, 2011
    Tambov333
    ^^Are we plants, or what?
  • October 26, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    @Generality:Do you think that the name, Gender Equals Species, would work.

    If not, what name would work?
  • October 26, 2011
    Generality
    That makes sense.

    Oh, but it looks like this has a lot of overlap with Animal Gender Bender.
  • October 26, 2011
    TheChainMan
    ^^No, no, it's correct, I just found it amusing since people don't usually list "humans" as animals, even if it's accurate.
  • October 26, 2011
    dalek955
  • October 26, 2011
    Ghilz
    Asian Elephants vs African Elephant? Really? I never noticed much difference in sub species. I suggest you back up each species with several examples. Otherwise it looks like you are pulling stuff out of your ass.
  • October 26, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    A few more: Male:
    • Monkey
    • Rat
    • Raccoon
    • Tortise/Turtle

    Female:
    • Ostrich
    • Dolphin
    • Snake
    • Wasp

    Neutral
    • Squirrel
    • Mouse
    • Cattle
    • Giraffe (possibly a slight female bias there.)

    Now, there's the question of whether to put examples or not. I'd put stuff like Madagascar, which have at least two or three of the stereotypes.

    Also, an alternative layout idea: Instead of a long list, you could divide them into paragraphs. Eg, under "male", you could have a paragraph about predatory animals (lions, bears, etc), a paragraph about "ugly" animals (pig, rhinoceros), etc, and briefly touch on the implications for gender carried by each category.
  • October 26, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    As an exception to the "predator" category, big cats other than lions (tigers, pumas, etc) are equally likely to be female, reflecting their grace and agility.

    • Kung Fu Panda is a near-perfect example, with a male panda bear, a female tiger, female snake, male monkey, and male mantis.
    • A Bugs Life has ants of both genders (although, naturally, the protagonist is male), as well as a female spider, male caterpillar, male mantis, and female butterfly. However, it also has a subversion in the form of Francis the male ladybug, who is constantly being mistaken for a girl.
  • October 27, 2011
    WackyMeetsPractical
    I'm thinking that humans should be moved to most likely to be male with a few exceptions.
  • October 27, 2011
    Generality
    ^^ Anytime a large population of a given species is present, there will be a more realistic balance of males and females to accurately reflect the human population. Thus in films like A Bugs Life and Antz, males and females are seen together (though still not realistically, as with social insects the different genders tend to have widely different roles and appearances).

    As for the matter of examples, it might do to have the big list on a separate page so it doesn't get in the way. Perhaps on an analysis page or just hidden behind some hottips.
  • October 27, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    @Generality: Would you want the species gender bias list or the specific examples to be on an analysis page?
  • October 27, 2011
    johnnye
    "Apex hunters such as wolves, bears, and lions, because they are considered "evil" in an anthropomorphic society, tend to be portrayed as male"

    OK, I realise we want to include some analysis in the description, and not have it drowning in Weasel Words, but this is worded unnecessarily unilaterally. I think the two associations (male=tough aggressive hunter, hunter=evil) are related, but one isn't "because" of the other. I'd suggest something more like;

    "Apex hunters such as wolves, bears, and lions tend to be portrayed as male (while unfortunately also being portrayed as "evil" in an anthropomorphic society)"
  • November 4, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    This trope can also be combined with Animal Motifs and Transformation Conventions.
  • November 4, 2011
    Generality
    ^3 You'll want the works examples to be on the main page. The list of specific species can go elsewhere.

    ^^ That wording gets rid of any Unfortunate Implications, all right, but it's worth noting that villains in general and especially in youth-oriented works are more likely to be male, especially when non-human.
  • November 12, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    @Generality: Can the list of specific species go on an Analysis page.
  • November 17, 2011
    troacctid
    I'm not convinced the list of specific species needs to exist at all. And I don't see what the examples have in common either. They're reading as "Animals have genders." That's not a trope.
  • November 20, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    Can the description and list of species be put on an Analysis page for Species Coded For Your Convenience.
  • July 30, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    Bump?
  • August 1, 2012
    Chabal2
    The Peacock Girl trope.

  • August 15, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Their is a type of frog that one gender changes color for a few hours when the frogs get together to have an orgy. Presumably so they attempt to reproduce with a mate that will actually help produce offspring. Not so sure how well that would work, considering some frogs are so stupid they attempt to reproduce with toads and even fish. Also Secondary Sexual Characteristics.
  • August 21, 2012
    EdnaWalker
    Do you think that a good name for this trope would be Animal Species Gender Essentialism, Animal Gender Essentialism, Species Gender Essentialism, or is the name as it is better?

    Gender essentialism is a belief that there is a set of incidental attributes which are necessary to a gender's identity and function.

  • August 21, 2012
    ccoa
    The name as it is is a really bad snowclone of Color Coded For Your Convenience, because it doesn't seem to have anything in common with that trope. I think the suggested Species Equals Gender is probably the best name so far.
  • August 21, 2012
    DaibhidC
    I notice the examples mention Gloria from Madagascar, but hippos aren't mentioned in the description.

    My observation has been that hippos are generally an exception to the "graceful animals are female, big stompy animals are male" part of the trope. They're quite often female, but if so will be cast in the Fat Girl role.
  • August 21, 2012
    KingZeal
  • August 21, 2012
    NimmerStill
    I don't get the "useless" part of the description.
  • August 22, 2012
    NimmerStill
    The three paragraphs starting with "Apex" and ending with "name" are all very unclear about which parts are about Real Life and which are generalizations about works, and should be clarified.
  • August 26, 2012
    Avurai
    There are two Ls in 'Usually'. It's the first word in the third body of text.
  • September 26, 2012
    EdnaWalker
    ^I fixed it.
  • September 28, 2012
    theTwoFacedAngel

    Video games

    • Many of the species in Pokemon are either gender specific, or predominantly one gender. For example, Jynx is always female, while Mr. Mime is always male. And, in Ruby and Sapphire, vulpixes are a predominantly female species, with only 15% being male.
  • September 28, 2012
    theTwoFacedAngel

    Video games

    • Somewhat subverted, in the Mass Effect universe, the Asari are all somewhat of the female gender. They are technically genderless but due to their overall anatomy and universal ability to give birth they are considered by all of the alien races-including themselves, to be female.
  • October 31, 2012
    McKathlin
    The two examples above are One Gender Race, in which a species is explicitly composed of only one gender in universe. Species Equals Gender is about an animal species that has both biological sexes in Real Life, but has one gender overrepresented in fiction due to stereotyping. To avoid Trope Decay, let's add a not-to-be-confused-with clause for this.
  • October 31, 2012
    TBeholder
    I can't make heads or tails of this, but where's the pony angle?
  • November 9, 2012
    oneuglybunny
    A very well composed and written analysis, however, one must ask: is this a Trope? My view is that unless there is a cross-species romance element in the story line, then the choice of gender for any given character is ultimately an aesthetic choice of the creator. If the choices of genders and species among the characters is critical to the plot, then this is a Trope. Otherwise, it's a preference with a media statistic.
  • November 22, 2012
    Surenity
    • Besides a male cat as the main character, Cats Dont Dance is a near perfect example, with a male elephant, penguin, goat and turtle, and a female hippo, cat, and fish.
  • December 4, 2012
    LOAD
    Not sure if this is a trope.
  • October 4, 2013
    BuckRivera
    I don't see how this is not a trope.

    The Women Are Delicate aspect is often subverted with large animals who will then just act delicately for comedy, like cows and hippos.
  • October 4, 2013
    kjnoren
    This isn't a trope, it's a Trope In Aggregate for every single species mentioned.

    I'm afraid it will be unworkable to get done, and as the list of subversions indicate among the examples, I think there will be a huge trouble getting even a single species into each given slot.
  • October 4, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
  • October 4, 2013
    m8e
    ^^Yes, this is a Trope In Aggregate. Tropes In Aggregate are Tropes.
  • October 4, 2013
    DAN004
    We always have a problem with Tropes In Aggregate in one way or another. At least that's what I think. :P
  • October 4, 2013
    kjnoren
    No, it's a SET of tropes in aggregate. Better to start with tropes for each species. The current way is just trying to do too much at once.
  • October 4, 2013
    m8e
    No this is about the whole concept, the whole pattern where a number of animals stereotypically are a certain gender.
  • October 4, 2013
    DAN004
    In Animal Stereotypes we have a full list of, well, animal stereotypes. Here I think we can make a clear list of what animal is male, female or unisex.
  • October 6, 2013
    m8e
    I think the pattern might vary between media(how visual a media is), genres(horror?), region (western/eastern, whatever), religion etc. Not sure if we should make a clear list when the trope itself isn't clear.
  • October 6, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    What do you think the species gender coding for animal character is for East Asian animation?
  • October 6, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^^ I agree. It's impossible to make any kind of definitive list about how this trope occurs, since there's so much variance by nature. Female Feline Male Mutt is probably the only form of this that's even close to being universal.
  • October 14, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    @DAN 004: The list of which animals are coded as male, female, or either/or gender in fiction is on the Analysis page for the Animal Stereotypes trope.

    Here is the gender coding of some of the animals on the list.

    More Likely Male:
    • Dogs

    Usually Male:
    • Walruses

    More Likely Female:
    • Cats

    Either/Or:
    • Foxes
  • October 16, 2013
    m8e
    If we make a list I would prefer one like the Animal Stereotypes list.(not Analysis.Animal Stereotypes)

    • Animal: Description on what's common in differnt media, genres, etc and why.

  • October 16, 2013
    Snicka
    ^ I agree, a list like that would be much more clear to look at than the current wall of text.

    Is there any particular reason why this YKTTW has literally the same words as the Animal Stereotypes analysis page? Was this copied from there, or that copied from here?
  • October 16, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    Actually, that was copied from here. I was originally afraid that this YKTTW would not make a good trope and only make a good Anaysis. Originally, this was copied from here to an Analysis page for Good Animals Evil Animals when it was called Species Coded For Your Own Convenience. When that page became Good Animals Evil Animals, this YKTTW's description has been moved to an Analysis Page for Animal Stereotypes.
  • October 16, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    @m8e: So, like this.

    • Dogs: More likely male, especially when paired with a cat. Poodles and Salukis are usually female though.
  • October 16, 2013
    Snicka
    ^^ Ah, that explains it.

    ^ Yes, I think that is what he means.
  • October 16, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    I'm not sure if cats are more likely to be female than male in total aggregate numbers of works, but probably the two most commonly known cats in old cartoons—Tom from Tom and Jerry and Sylvester from Looney Toons—are male. I think people tend to think of the "alley cat" as male, too—a tomcat on the prowl—and so cartoons depicting cats hanging out by trash cans will likely depict them as male also.
  • October 16, 2013
    Snicka
    ^ Cats are equally likely to be male or female. A Fat Cat, a Cool Cat and an alley cat will usually be male, but a pampered house cat, a Cute Kitten and the feline part of a cat-dog duo will normally be female.
  • October 17, 2013
    m8e
    ^^^^Exactly.
  • October 17, 2013
    Snicka
    @Edna Walker: what are you going to do with that Analysis page when this one gets launched?
  • October 17, 2013
    DAN004
    You sure "Raven" is a female name?
  • October 17, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    ^^ Delete the Species Gender Coding description, list, and examples part of it.

    ^ I am sure that "Raven" is a female name. There is Raven Symone. She was the star of the Disney Channel TV show, Thats So Raven, where she played The character Raven Baxter.
  • October 17, 2013
    m8e
    It's a unisex name according to wikipedia, but it's more common for females.
  • October 17, 2013
    Snicka
    ^ There's also Mystique in X Men, whose civil name is Raven Darkholme.
  • October 17, 2013
    Snicka
    Lions: Usually male, thanks to the King Of Beasts trope.

    Are you sure about the African Elephants and the Asian Elephants? I think elephants are usually male (Babar, Hathi, Manfred, Horton, Tantor, etc.), regardless of their species, unless there is a whole group of them; and most works don't even know how to tell the two species apart. Also, the leader of an elephant herd will almost always be male, despite that in real life male elephants are solitary and females lead the herd.

    And if a kangaroo is male, expect it to have female anatomy (i.e. pouch) anyway.
  • October 18, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^^^^^^^^ (8): Of course my two famous cartoon cat examples were both where their predatory role is emphasized, vis a vis Jerry the Mouse, and Tweety Bird, respectively. I wonder if any animal is more likely to be depicted as male if they're paired with a "prey animal" like that. (Although the prey animal can be male as well, like Jerry (not sure what sex Tweety was supposed to be). Might have been some Unfortunate Implications otherwise.)

    It just occurred to me that just about every cartoon animal character in old-school cartoons (like Looney Tunes, or Hanna Barbera productions) is male. Classic Disney had a couple female characters, but they were mainly subsidiary to their male counterparts: Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck.
  • October 19, 2013
    DAN004
    We're supposed to list inversions, right?

    • In Mega Man X series, all of the animal Mavericks are male - which means you can find a male peacock (Truth In Television, but not in fiction), male kangaroo (without pouch, thankfully), male butterfly (moth, but still) and male ostrich.
  • October 30, 2013
    Snicka
    An inversion: An episode of Chip And Dale Rescue Rangers has a female gorilla named Kookoo. She's an Expy of the Real Life female gorilla Koko, who was trained to use human sign language.
  • November 15, 2013
    Statalyzer
    This is definitely a trope, and not just trope in aggregate - it can be present in a specific work that shows just 1 or 2 of many different species and conforms to the pattern.
  • November 19, 2013
    troacctid
    The Chip 'n Dale example is an aversion, not an inversion. Aversions aren't notable.
  • November 19, 2013
    Snicka
    ^ Except in the case of tropes where Played Straight is so common that it is aversions that are notable. In this case, straight examples would be all male gorillas in media, from King Kong to Gorilla Grodd - there are so many that they are not worth mentioning. It is the exception from the general rule - a female gorilla - that is worth mentioning.
  • November 19, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    What is the gender coding for:

    • Chickens
    • Cattle
    • Mice
    • Rabbits
    • Foxes
    • Horses
    • Pigs
    • Goats
    • Sheep
    • Ants
    • Bees
    • Moths
    • Baboons
  • November 20, 2013
    DAN004
    • Chickens can be both, depending on the needs of the story.
    • Cattles are often male
    • Mice: can be both
    • Rabbits: can be both
    • Foxes: Common to be female in Japan, but male everywhere else
    • Horses: male (stallions are badass)
    • Pigs: male
    • Sheep: male
    • Ants: dunno, but usually male,
    • Bees: male, 'cept for the queen
    • Moths: can be either
    • Baboons: male
  • November 20, 2013
    zwolfp
    • Aliens are usually male
  • November 21, 2013
    Snicka
    ^^ Horses are usually male, but ponies seem to be an exception (see the whole My Little Pony franchise).
  • December 2, 2013
    somerandomdude
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=suj3x86q2uwpzmzrlirbcwl0&trope=SpeciesEqualsGender