Tasmanian Tiger
AKA Thylacine, Tasmanian Wolf


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The Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) was a carnivorous marsupial native to Australia. It was dog-like in appearance, with striped hindquarters. Thylacines were considered a threat to livestock, and were hunted to near-extinction by farmers, before finally being declared a protected species in 1936. The last known one died in captivity a few months later.

In terms of their portrayal in fiction, thylacines seem to be the Australian equivalent of the Big, Badass Wolf, ranging from the noble and sympathetic to the outright monstrous.

Their sleek, wolflike appearance also means that they benefit greatly from the Rule of Cool. Anthropomorphic thylacines seem to have become quite popular recently, ranging from Funny Animals to Petting Zoo People, to were-thylacines (thylacanthropes?).

Both anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic versions will often be portrayed as the last of their kind, or, at least, part of only a small remaining population, giving a melancholy tone to the animal's existence.

The thylacine is now classified as a Cryptid, due to unconfirmed sightings of the animal being a frequent occurrence in Tasmania and on mainland Australia. As such, it often finds its way into cryptid-based media, as well as various Fantasy Kitchen Sink- type settings.

Examples

Comics
  • The Thylacine Boys of The Cryptids are kleptomaniac, anthropomorphic thylacines.

Film

Literature
  • Offhandly mentioned in one of the Lionboy books. One of the lions describes the species as "our cousin", when talking about species of felines that have gone extinct.
  • Leviathan gives Charles Darwin's granddaughter Nora Barlow a pet Thylacine called "Tazza".

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Western Animation
  • One of the characters in Taz-Mania is Wendell T. Wolf, the last Tasmanian Wolf.
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