Created By: PapercutChainsaw on September 17, 2011 Last Edited By: PapercutChainsaw on January 27, 2013
Is This Tropable?? 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.
- The Thylacine Boys of The Cryptids are kleptomaniac, anthropomorphic thylacines.
- Howling III: The Marsupials features were - thylacines. They're portrayed as quite sympathetic, but also more disgusting than standard werewolves when it comes to bodily functions. For one thing, they have pouches, even in otherwise fully human form.
- The Hunter is about a man employed by a mysterious organisation to collect tissue samples from the last remaining thylacine.
- 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".
- A thylacine appears as an encounter in the Pathfinder adventure Stolen Lands. It's not anthropomorphized, so it's just part of Everything Trying to Kill You.
- The extinct Bunyip tribe of Werewolf: The Apocalypse consisted of were-thylacines.
- Call of Cthulhu supplement Terror Australis. The Tasmanian Tiger is given combat stats and can be used as an opponent for parties of Investigators.
- One of the characters in Taz-Mania is Wendell T. Wolf, the last Tasmanian Wolf.
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