Created By: CaveCat on February 14, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on March 8, 2012
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Whimsical Winsome Walrus

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Walruses, they are one of the most majestic sea animals in the animal kingdom. The reason for this is because walruses' vibrissae look a lot like big bushy mustaches you'd expect to see on experienced, middle-aged men. In nearly every form of media, walruses are sometimes depicted as a distinguished but somewhat foolish gentleman, mainly because of their silly yet physically formidable appearance. Sometimes, in media, you can even expect to see them partnered up with penguins.

Not to be confused with: The Walrus Was Paul


Examples

Film
  • The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea featured a walrus named Dash, who wanted very much to be a hero, along with his pal, Tip the penguin.
  • In Disney's Alice in Wonderland, not only does the Walrus help trick the oysters into getting eaten, he also tricks the Carpenter out of his "fair share" of them.

Literature
  • "The Walrus And The Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons module EX 1 The Land Beyond The Magic Mirror, which was based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland stories. The PCs can meet the Walrus (of the Walrus and the Carpenter fame). He's sneaky, pretending to be a helpful good guy while actually planning to trick the PCs and steal from them.

Toys

Video Games

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • February 14, 2012
    foxley
    Jube the Walrus (who wasn't really a walrus but an alien who looked like one) was very definitely one of the good guys in the Wild Cards novels.
  • February 15, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • In Disney's Alice In Wonderland, not only does the Walrus help trick the oysters into getting eaten, he also tricks the Carpenter out of his "fair share" of them.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons module EX1 The Land Beyond The Magic Mirror, which was based on Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland stories. The PCs can meet the Walrus (of the Walrus and the Carpenter fame). He's sneaky, pretending to be a helpful good guy while actually planning to trick the PCs and steal from them.
  • February 15, 2012
    cityofmist
    This just looks like a list of walruses who have appeared in fiction.
  • February 15, 2012
    pawsplay
    Jube appears like a loyal good guy, but does some things that also make him a sneaky villain.
  • February 15, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^^I posted in the description. It's not just a simple 'this is a list of walruses that appear in media', I specifically stated how walruses are depicted in fiction.
  • February 15, 2012
    Koveras
    The reason for this trope is probably because walruses' vibrissae look a lot like big bushy mustaches you'd expect to see on experienced, middle-aged men.
  • February 15, 2012
    Ryuuma
    They're also often portrayed as Villainous Glutton if evil.

  • February 15, 2012
    CaveCat
    A page image of a famous walrus representing this trope might be good right about now.
  • February 16, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
    Toys
    • Befitting his sea captain outfit, Wilfred Walrus from the Fabuland toyline is in the supplemental material depicted as being fond of spinning sailor's yarn.
  • February 16, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
    ^ Ouch! I initially read the trope title as "Wordly Walrus"... OK, second attempt:

  • February 17, 2012
    troacctid
    This is not a trope as-written. Those examples are just a list of walruses in fiction. That's not tropable. I can see that you're trying to do something else, but it's not producing good examples.
  • February 18, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^What do you mean? I explained it before in the most descriptive manner. This is too a trope, and it will stay a trope.
  • February 18, 2012
    troacctid
    You've listed off a bunch of unrelated traits that walruses might have, and then abandoned the examples list to just any old instance of a walrus in fiction. That's People Sitting On Chairs.
  • February 18, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^I did not! If you'll notice in the examples that they DO include both traits of walruses.
  • February 18, 2012
    LOAD
    I agree. Not a trope. It just looks like a bunch of walruses to me.
  • February 18, 2012
    troacctid
    The examples list includes instances of a walrus briefly appearing onscreen. And people just saying the word "walrus". That's not a trope.
  • February 18, 2012
    reub2000
    I think Jamie Hyneman has been compared to a walrus few times.
  • February 19, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^^Okay, if it'll make you feel better, I'll remove those instances posthaste.
  • February 19, 2012
    troacctid
    That doesn't make it a trope. Almost all the rest of the examples are just as bad, and the definition is People Sit On Chairs. This is still Not A Trope.
  • February 19, 2012
    Treblain
    If it were more focused, it would work. A walrus being portrayed as a distinguished but somewhat foolish gentleman would be a trope. When you allow for multiple different portrayals in the description (can be loyal or sneaky, good or evil), then it's impossible to pin down, and the only unifying factor is that it involves walruses, which leads to bad examples.
  • February 19, 2012
    Routerie
    Right. We've had pages like this in the past, and we end up having to cut/split them.
  • February 19, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^^Understood, I'll have to alter the description and cut out some of the examples in order for this to actually be a trope, if that's what you want.
  • February 19, 2012
    pawsplay
    I vote for Gentleman Walrus, going with the whole mustache, pomposity, and blustering thing.
  • February 19, 2012
    CaveCat
    I know, how about Whimsical Walrus or Winsome Walrus for possible titles?
  • February 19, 2012
    Routerie
    Whimsical Walrus is fine if it's about whimsical walruses. (Is that a trope?) Winsome Walrus is fine if it's about Winsome Walruses. (Is that a trope?)
  • February 19, 2012
    pawsplay
    If this is primarily about anthropomorphizing walruses, Walruses Have Mustaches might work.
  • February 20, 2012
    troacctid
    The examples are still bad. They're still about "This character is a walrus." And the description is still bad as well.
  • February 20, 2012
    pawsplay
    Then I decree that this article is about the usual characterization of anthropomorphic walruses, based on their mustachioed, slightly silly yet physically formidable appearance. The Walrus of Walrus and the Carpenter is in, Tuskernini is in. Jube the Walrus is out.
  • February 20, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^I believe you're right about that.
  • February 20, 2012
    troacctid
    Then you'd better rewrite it completely.
  • February 21, 2012
    LOAD
    Still not a trope.
  • February 21, 2012
    BuckRivera
    I think this is a trope. I see it as an Animal Stereotype. I'd suggest Whimsical Winsome Walrus (individually suggested by Cavecat) to make it more specific and represent the combination of quirky and sophisticated. I have an example with an elephant seal, not a walrus, let's see how that goes down.

    • The German children's book series and Puppet Show Urmel Aus Dem Eis has the melancholic elephant seal (German: "See-Elefant") Seele-Fant ("Soul-phant") who is prone to spontaneously breaking into song in a deep and nasal voice.
  • February 21, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^At last, someone agrees with me!
  • February 21, 2012
    pawsplay
    Pretty good. But since this is for posterity... still Needs A Better Name. Just a weency bit better, really. Whimsical Winsome Walrus just doesn't give me any imagery when I read it.
  • February 21, 2012
    Routerie
    Gentleman Walrus seems to cover it quite well.
  • March 8, 2012
    LOAD
    If it's a trope, I don't see it.
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