Created By: Pichu-kun on April 16, 2016 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on June 29, 2017
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Religious Animals

Animals worshiping human religions

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This trope is for when animals follow human religions. This can be a real world religion such as Christianity or a fictional religion that in-series humans also follow. Sometimes the animals will have a slight variation on the theology to fit the fact they aren't humans.

This is more common with Funny Animal and Petting Zoo Person characters than with Nearly Normal Animal ones, though it does occasionally appear in Beast Fables. In a World of Funny Animals this is often due to being Like Reality Unless Noted.

Compare to Religious Robot and contrast to Animal Religion. Can overlap with Space Jews.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • In Fables, several animals living at The Farm join a new cult worshipping Boy Blue as a messiah figure after his death.

Fan Works
  • The punchline of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Ponies of Faith involves this. The characters start discussing religion after Twilight nearly gets suckered into joining the Church of Magictology (a stand-in for Scientology). Pinkie is a Faustic (stand-in for Catholicism), Applejack is similar to a Faustic but without the saints (stand-in for Protestantism/Christianity), Haslam (a stand-in for Islam) is mentioned, Rainbow Dash is agnostic, and Fluttershy is into an Eastern religion (possibly a stand-in for Buddhism). When Rarity mentions hers, it turns out she's Jewish.

Film — Animation
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Robin Hood makes multiple mentions of the Church, and one of the main characters, Friar Tuck, is a priest who happens to be a badger.
    • In The Rescuers, Deacon Owl is one of the swamp animals who appears to be a Christian deacon.
    • In Zootopia, when Mr. Big mentions his late grandmother, one of his polar bear henchmen crosses his chest in a Catholic way. Gideon Grey mentions "speaking in tongues", a practice associated with Pentecostal and Charismatic churches of the Deep South. There is also reference to the song "Kumbaya", and lines like "Hallelujah", "Oh my God", and "sweet cheese and crackers".
  • Itchy from All Dogs Go to Heaven is Ambiguously Jewish despite being a Dachshund
  • In An American Tail the Mousekewitzes are a family of Russian-Jewish mice.

Jokes

Literature
  • The Creature's Choir by Carmen Bernos De Gasztold is a collection of prayers, each delivered by a different animal.
  • There are the moles of Duncton Wood, who have their own Suspiciously Similar Substitute religion with services, liturgies, holy books, commandments, even monasteries and a clergical heirarchy. And religious wars.
  • One of the many oddball sights in Simon R. Green's Street of the Gods, as featured in the Nightside and Haven novels, is of a solemn-looking group of small woodland animals walking in procession, led by a badger who's carrying a cross depicting a crucified frog.
  • In His Dark Materials, Iofur Raknisson asked Mrs. Coulter to enter the Church. Mrs. Coulter attempted to drown the fish, knowing well one must have a daemon to be baptized. Lyra plays on this to lure Iofur in a Duel to the Death with Iorek.

Mythology & Religion
  • Animals are considered Muslim in Islam because they follow their nature and thus the laws that God demands of them.

Web Comics
  • Furry Experience is set in Utah, so it's probably not surprising that several of the characters are Mormon, with Cat (who is a cat) the most prominent example. There are also some notable exceptions, such as Dawn's father (a buck), who is Catholic, and Dawn (a doe) herself, though she does attend church meetings without actually being a member.

Web Original
  • SCP Foundation
    • SCP-1845 ("Animal Kingdom"). The animals that make up SCP-1845 are all Roman Catholic. Their leader describes an enemy animal as being a Protestant.
    • SCP-2050 ("Sciurine Crusaders"). SCP-2050 (the "Sciurine Monastic Brotherhood of Poor-Fellows and Crusader Knights") are sapient Christian squirrels that are on a crusade to destroy heretics. It turns out that they define rats as being heretics.

Western Animation
  • The short Peace on Earth takes place After the End. Due to World War I all humans ended up extinct. A group of forest animals decided to start living as the humans did, though more peacefully and harmoniously, after finding a copy of the Bible. The 1955 remake Good Will To Men ramped up the religious aspect heavily, set it after World War II, and changed the squirrels to mice.
  • In the short The Penguins of Madagascar in a Christmas Caper, a pair of camels are shown celebrating Hanukkah (lighting a menorah), implying they are Jewish.
  • Bugs Bunny is often played up as Ambiguously Jewish.
  • Parodied in a Robot Chicken sketch about dead Disney moms; Marlin and Nemo are visiting the grave of Marlin's wife while wearing yamakas, where Nemo refuses to put on his yamaka, since it's "stupid" because they're fish.
  • Orange Kitten from Blue's Clues celebrates Hanukkah along with her owner Sam. This means that she is possibly Jewish.
  • Arthur:
    • Francine (who is an ape) is Jewish. This gets referenced a few times, such as when she fasted for the first time and when her family celebrated Hanukkah.
    • In the Christmas Episode, "Arthur's Perfect Christmas", it's revealed that the moose character George has Swedish heritage and celebrates Saint Lucy's Day, a Christian celebration.
    • "Arthur's Perfect Christmas" also implies the Read's are Christian by showing them leaving church.
  • VeggieTales has a variant where it's not anthropomorphic animals but anthropomorphic vegetables. It was originally conceived as a Christian cartoon where all the characters are talking vegetables and fruit, though newer installments all-but abandon the Christian aspects.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • April 16, 2016
    StarSword
    Jokes:
  • April 16, 2016
    Prfnoff
    Literature
    • The Creature's Choir by Carmen Bernos De Gasztold is a collection of prayers, each delivered by a different animal.
  • April 19, 2016
    Snicka
    Western Animation:
    • In the short The Penguins Of Madagascar in a Christmas Caper, a pair of camels are shown celebrating Hanukkah (lighting a menorah), implying they are Jewish.
  • April 20, 2016
    Kartoonkid95
    • Parodied in a Robot Chicken sketch about dead Disney moms; Marlin and Nemo are visiting the grave of Marlin's wife while wearing yamakas, where Nemo refuses to put on his yamaka, since it's "stupid" because they're fish.
  • April 22, 2016
    Arivne
    Other Sites
  • May 4, 2016
    Snicka
    ^^ Dead Parents Are The Best is a Red Link; the trope is called Deceased Parents Are The Best. (Could be made a redirect, though...)
  • May 29, 2016
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • June 8, 2016
    Tallens
  • June 8, 2016
    LikeSnowyNights
    Animals are considered Muslim in Islam because they follow their nature and thus the laws that God demands of them.
  • July 14, 2016
    AgProv
    Literature
  • June 8, 2016
    Sharlee
    One of the many oddball sights in Simon R Green's Street of the Gods, as featured in the Nightside and Haven novels, is of a solemn-looking group of small woodland animals walking in procession, led by a badger who's carrying a cross depicting a crucified frog.
  • June 16, 2016
    mcgrew
    In a World Of Funny Animals this may be a simple variation of Like Reality Unless Noted.

    Also, there are other examples in Zootopia, including a reference to the song "Kumbaya", and lines like "Hallelujah", "Oh my God", and "sweet cheese and crackers".
  • July 12, 2016
    Tallens
    • Furry Experience is set in Utah, so it's probably not surprising that several of the characters are Mormon, with Cat (who is a cat) the most prominent example. There are also some notable exceptions, such as Dawn's father (a buck), who is Catholic, and Dawn (a doe) herself, though she does attend church meetings without actually being a member.
  • July 19, 2016
    ambessalion
    Comic Books

    Fables: several animals living at The Farm join a new cult worshipping Boy Blue as a messiah figure after his death
  • July 19, 2016
    RonnieR15
    The cats of Rune Scape are followers of the god Icthlarin, are former followers of Amascut. They may also follow Guthix.
  • July 25, 2016
    Snicka
    ^ Are those in-universe gods that are also worshipped by humans? Or just cats? Because in the latter case it's Animal Religion.
  • November 28, 2016
    YasminPerry
    This trope really needs to make a distinction between normal animals somehow following a religion, and anthropomorphic animals following one. The latter is not really a trope, because in almost all anthropomorphic animal stories, the animals are being used as a stand-in for people.
  • November 29, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    ^ I don't see why it doesn't count.
  • November 29, 2016
    Snicka
    ^ Because, if anthropomorphic animals are used as stand-in for people, we expect their culture to be more similar to ours (which the Description already mentions as Like Reality Unless Noted). For example, in Disney's Robin Hood, the animals are basically just people from Medieval Europe who are depicted as foxes, lions and bears, and therefore it's less peculiar that they are Christian than a Largely Normal Animal that still happens to worship Jesus. However, since a World Of Funny Animals setting may as well make up a counterpart Animal Religion rather than use an actual, real-life religion, I think they are still tropeworthy.
  • November 29, 2016
    Basara-kun
    Comic Book:
    • Being an animal representation of the WWII Germany, mice in Maus are Jewish.
  • February 5, 2017
    JujuP
    Literature
    • In His Dark Materials, Iofur Raknisson asked Mrs. Coulter to enter the Church. Mrs. Coulter attempted to drown the fish, knowing well one must have a daemon to be baptized. Lyra plays on this to lure Iofur in a Duel To The Death with Iorek.
  • May 24, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • June 5, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    Launchable yet?
  • June 5, 2017
    EdnaWalker
    ^ It has 19 hats and one discard.
  • June 29, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    Bump
  • June 29, 2017
    NightShade96
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