Created By: PapercutChainsawSeptember 17, 2011 Last Edited By: PapercutChainsawJanuary 27, 2013

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.


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


  • 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".

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  • One of the characters in Taz Mania is Wendell T. Wolf, the last Tasmanian Wolf.
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  • September 17, 2011
    • Howling III: The Marsupials features were - thylacines. They're portrayed as decidedly more 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.
  • September 17, 2011
    Focus more on how the media may protray this type of animal rather than giving the history of them, otherwise this is People Sit On Chairs. For example, there is a difference between having a car in a story and having a Cool Car or The Alleged Car.
  • September 18, 2011
    ^ I will, once I get some more examples. I haven't really got enough evidence to identify particular trends yet.
  • September 18, 2011
    One of the characters in Taz Mania is Wendell T. Wolf, the last Tasmanian Wolf.
  • September 18, 2011
  • September 19, 2011
    Is this supposed to be a trope? Or a work? Because the draft treats it as both, though it's neither.
  • September 19, 2011
    ^A trope, in the same vein as Pandaing To The Audience or any of the "Everything's better with_________" tropes. It'll be better defined when there are more examples.

    The list of associated tropes is just me experimenting with ways to pack more information in without it becoming a Wall Of Text. Maybe it doesn't quite work?
  • October 8, 2011
    Honestly, that's kind of what I was getting at earlier. Tropes are based around trends, not topics. You may never find a particular trend with this kind of animal other than "they are used sometimes." Basically your description just says "This is a Big Badass Wolf except it's a Thylacine."
  • October 9, 2011
    ^Elaborated on that. It's still quite similar to Big Badass Wolf, but it also has a bit of Last Of His Kind and The Woobie thrown in.
  • November 19, 2011
  • November 19, 2011
    Troper Works: This troper's Ketrin has lupinoids, which are basically Bigger Badass Wolves, but with thylacine stripes.
  • November 20, 2011
    ^Link, plz.
  • November 20, 2011
    You might want to be briefly mention genetic engineering efforts to reintroduce the thyacline, with a link to the project. If successful, this would be the first ever successful revival of a previously extinct species.
  • November 20, 2011
    ^ That project's been pretty much abandoned, as far as I can tell. See, they had this preserved thylacine joey in a jar, and they tried to extract DNA from it. They actually got some genetic material, but when they tested it, they found that it wasn't thylacine DNA... it was the DNA of the mould that was growing on it.

    The project has also attracted criticism that it wasn't taken seriously in the first place, and was little more than a publicity stunt.

    I've been told not to do too much of an infodump on the page, as much as I'd like to. If the project came up in fiction, I would definitely mention it.
  • November 21, 2011
    Tabletop Games
    • Call Of Cthulhu supplement Terror Australis. The Tasmanian Tiger is given combat stats and can used as an opponent for parties of Investigators.
  • November 22, 2011
    I remember a thylacine being present in Beastmaster.
  • December 14, 2011
    ^Which Beastmaster would that be? (TV show? Manga? Movie? Novel?)
  • December 20, 2011
    Leviathan gives Charles Darwin's granddaughter Nora Barlow a pet Thylacine called "Tazza". The book is set during an Alternate History World War One, so it's not an anachronism.
  • December 20, 2011
    I am talking about the show.
  • December 21, 2011
    ^^ Actually, it's not an anachronism anyway. Thylacines were still around back then.

    ^ Any chance you could give some more information on it?
  • January 27, 2013
    Not a trope. Discarding.

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