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->''"[[TropeNamers Reptiles are abhorrent]] because of their [[TheLongList cold body, pale color, cartilaginous skeleton, filthy skin, fierce aspect, calculating eye, offensive smell, harsh voice, squalid habitation, and terrible venom]]; wherefore their Creator has not exerted his powers to make many of them."''
--> -- '''Carl von Linné a.k.a. Carolus Linnaeus''' ({{Epigraph}} of the ''Literature/JurassicPark'' book)

Reptiles Are Abhorrent refers to the association between reptiles and villainy. This trope manifests itself in several basic ways. The simplest is to have reptiles that are consistently villainous. In [[AnimalTropes animal stories]], villains might be anthropomorphic versions of RealLife reptiles, while the heroes are cute mammals and birds. In SpeculativeFiction, they might be fantastic beings such as LizardFolk, SnakePeople or [[TheReptilians Reptilian aliens]].

Even when the bad guys are not actual reptiles, they may have some sort of reptilian theme. Perhaps they are an AnimalThemedSuperbeing with reptile-related powers. The villain might have reptilian pets and/or exhibit a special empathy with reptiles. They may even be able to [[ScaledUp turn into giant snakes]]. Even if they have no special powers related to reptiles, they might use reptile related AnimalMotifs and/or ThemeNaming. The trope even turns up, if only by metaphor, in non-fiction; saying that someone is a "snake," "lizard," or "cold blooded" is enough to get across that you're dealing with a nasty character.

This trope is not applied with equal frequency and intensity to all reptiles. Snakes, [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles]], and large lizards tend to be the reptiles most associated with villains. Meanwhile, [[TurtlePower turtles]] and small lizards like geckos and frilled lizards are seen as cute and harmless, and are less likely to be associated with villainy. Dinosaurs are also often exempt from this trope; whether they're good or evil usually [[CarnivoresAreMean depends on]] [[HerbivoresAreFriendly their diet]]. Stereotypically reptilian features such as [[FangsAreEvil fangs]], claws, tails, visible scales, and slit pupils may distinguish villainous reptiles from friendly ones, as does the use of [[PoisonIsEvil poison]].

Amphibians often are portrayed this way too. Toads in particular have become heavily correlated with abhorrence due to their poisonous secretions, association with witches, and the myth that touching one will give you warts. However, there are many favorable depictions of frogs in fiction.

This is not a character trope. It is a pattern only visible when looking at an entire cast of characters. Merely having a few bad reptiles among a majority of good reptiles does not invoke this trope. When the only reptilian character in a work or the majority of the reptile-themed characters are bad guys, this trope is in play. This trope does not require that reptiles be AlwaysChaoticEvil -- there may be a few token good reptilians within a race of mostly evil reptiles as an example of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch.

Sometimes the trope in invoked in-universe. Characters may assume that reptiles are more likely to be evil, whether or not it's justified. In these cases you may have Reptiles Are Abhorrent crossed with FantasticRacism.

If the expectation of reptiles being evil is set up and then overturned by the majority of such characters, the trope is being subverted. See PlayingWith.ReptilesAreAbhorrent.

Reptiles Are Abhorrent is fairly consistent, but it's far from [[OmnipresentTropes omnipresent]], so '''do not list aversions'''. Do not list subversions unless they actually invoke this trope.

See also WhatMeasureIsANonCute, NeverSmileAtACrocodile, ScaledUp, and FangsAreEvil. Compare CatsAreMean and YouDirtyRat. Contrast with TurtlePower and EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs. This is also closely related to GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Crafty Croc, the antagonist in UK Coco Pops adverts. Originally scheming to [[CerealViceReward steal the Coco Pops for himself]], now just sabotaging Coco's factory ForTheEvulz.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The anime ''QueensBlade'' has a snake doing nasty things to one of the main characters.
* In the ''KeroKeroChime'' anime, the snakes and hebizoku (snake tribe) are introduced as villains counter to the frogs and kaeruzoku (frog tribe). [[spoiler: This is subverted, though, in that the snakes and hebizoku are near-universally good people, and the hostility between the remaining kaeruzoku and hebizoku is entirely the result of a misunderstanding.]]
* In ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'', the Earth government refers to its enemies in the war as "Jovian Lizards" because of this trope, even though they only send MechaMooks into battle so most people don't actually know what they look like. [[spoiler:In fact, they're actually ''humans''.]]
* The first set of baddies in ''GetterRobo'' was the evil Dinosaur Empire, who were, well... dinosaurs.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime features several, but the most prominent is the Ekans (later [[EvolutionaryLevels Arbok]]) owned by IneffectualSympatheticVillain Jessie of Team Rocket. And later she comes into ownership of a Seviper, yet another snake Pokémon. Generally, all the [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute fierce and threatening-looking reptile Pokémon]] take an antagonistic portrayal, whereas the cute ones tend to be on the good side, and if they have vicious-looking evolutions, [[NeverGrewUp they don't evolve]]. The main character currently has an adorable charming Snivy, but his rival has a mean-looking Servine (its evolution).
** Also strangely averted at the same time as the anime establishes very early on that Ekans is actually a pretty nice Pokemon, it's just his trainer that's a villain. Still counts since they're still technically villains but an interesting twist.
* The ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime includes a set of Reptile monsters, but their only major appearance was in [[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]] while being used by Professor Viper. Ganzley, CorruptCorporateExecutive and BigBad of [[FiveBadBand The Big Five]] uses a Reptile deck that focusses on locking down his opponent's cards. Dinosaurs, however, appear on both sides.
* While the main characters of ''KeroroGunsou'' are mostly alien frogs, there is an antagonistic enemy race of humanoid cobras known as Vipers.
* Orochimaru from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is very snake-like himself, with slit pupil eyes, a very long (read: creepy) tongue, ability to stretch his neck and other body parts like Mr. Fantastic, and uses a round of snake-based jutsu. In fact, [[spoiler: he is no longer really so much a human as a body-snatcher. His true form is a giant white snake made up of lots of little snakes. Apparently, years of [[EvilutionaryBiologist evilutionary biology]] will turn you into a bizarre snake-demon. His replacement Kabuto, who has integrated bits of Orochimaru's genes into himself]] takes this up a notch with blatantly reptilian features, nictating eyelids, and a giant snake "familiar" that appears to be his tail.
** Averted by Anko, who also uses snakes in her jutsu, but is one of the good guys. Of course, the fact that she's one of Orochimaru's former test subjects and was taught by him for a number of years might have something to do with it as well.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Medusa. She's a MadScientist. With a heavy emphasis on the ''mad'' part.
* ''OnePiece'' has the animal-themed Seven Warlords of the Sea, which usually play as villains. You have Sir Crocodile, Gecko Moria, and Boa Hancock, who is a horrible person but at least is [[AffablyEvil very kind to the protagonist]].
* ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has the Zokugaku Chameleons, with their linebacker, Habishira, having long arms like a chameleon's tongue. The much tougher, AffablyEvil Hakushuu Dinosaurs are another example.
* It isn't quite clear how ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' feels about this trope. [[spoiler: Machina]]'s alternate form (seems to be) a giant snake, and his first acts include [[spoiler: nearly killing the main character]] and acting like an all-around bad guy. But as of Ch. 255-ish, he starts being more than friendly with the heroes, even (jokingly?) asking Maria to marry him for her (and Sakuya's) hamburger-making skills.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' most of the Arcobaleno have cute mammals or birds as their pets. What do the [[{{Greed}} greedy]] [[MeaningfulName Viper]] and MadScientist Verde get? A snake and an alligator, respectively.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': As if Rukia hadn't made the connection several hundred chapters back, Ichimaru Gin himself gave this little monologue in Chapter 414.
--> [[AnimalMotifs I am a snake.]] [[ILied My skin is cold.]] [[AxCrazy I have no heart.]] [[DevilInPlainSight I slither around,]] [[AffablyEvil seeking prey with my tongue]]. And I swallow my favorites whole.
* In ''Manga/WildRock'', a giant prehistoric alligator nearly eats Yuuen.
* The infamous snake scene from ''ChirinnoSuzu''.
* In Ultimate Muscle there's Shockodile (Pumpinator's Grandfather).
* ''Anime/{{Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd As}}'' has Nachtwal, the [[GoneHorriblyWrong improperly programmed]] defense system [[spoiler:whose addition to the Book of Darkness is the reason why it became an ArtifactOfDoom [[ArtifactOfDeath and Death]]]]. Its base physical manifestation is an indestructible mass of writhing black snakes capable of ensnaring and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling]] mages, [[spoiler:[[YouHaveFailedMe including the Wolkenritter and Reinforce]]]].
* The early VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog manga plays this trope almost as straight as ''[[TheGetAlongGang that show]]''. In a school of who knows how many students, all of the students are good, aside from the school bullies; Anton the Lizard and his cohort (Mad/Matt, his pet/brother, no-one's actually sure).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* TheDCU and DCAU:
** When the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' comic began rebooting the characters as more alien and/or more racially diverse, they redesigned Projectra as coming from a race of sentient snakes, making her a rare heroic example in comics. She does state that she has run into prejudice before, and this is given as the reason she appears to strangers initially in a 'normal' appearance. (She was later mutated into a slightly more humanoid form and slipped into a mild HeroicBSOD due to horror at her appearance.)
** GreenLantern Isamot Kol the alien space cop lizard-man is a good guy, but Ophidian the Orange Entity, the living embodiment of temptation and selfishness, takes the form of a giant snake.
** Kobra is a terrorist cult who uses a snake motif for their criminal activities. They later appeared as a cult in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. In their most notorious story, from "Batman Beyond", a few of them transformed themselves into [[PettingZooPeople snake people]] with the help of [[LegoGenetics Splicer]] technology and... [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology dinosaur]] [=DNA=]... And then they were going to throw a "Thermal Bomb" down a volcano (!?) to raise the temperature of the world (they are "cold blooded"), KillAllHumans, and take over the planet. Yeah.
** The ''ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}'' arc plays with this trope. After the Rooks take out a major Kobra base they find a large nest of baby snake people. The Rooks decide to raise them.
** The Snake-people in the [[{{DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]] wanted to KillAllHumans.
** There are yet more snake-men in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Chaos at the Earth's Core". As with their fellow DCAU snakemen, they're involved with hilariously ([[TheyJustDidntCare depending on your point of view]]) inaccurate dinosaurs and wish to KillAllHumans...
** Killer Croc, one of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s most brutal enemies depending on who's writing for him, is a man with a bizarre skin condition that gives him the appearance and toughness of a crocodile. He has Crocodile-like habits in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' as well. Although there's at least one continuity where he gets to go off and live in peace with Comicbook/SwampThing. Croc also sometimes appoints himself protector of sewer-dwelling homeless and runaways.
*** Later depictions of him have him behaving much more [[PettingZooPeople beast-like]] than before (he has grown a freakin' tail), due to a virus injected in him by Hush; now he's often engaging in cannibalism.
*** This is lampshaded in a backup story in ''Legends of the Dark Knight'', where he realizes that as he's becoming stronger and tougher the more animalistic he gets, he's also losing his humanity. He kidnaps a scientist to try and reverse the changes, but when she reveals that there is no way, he loses what little self control he had left and eats her.
** Copperhead is another Batman villain who started out with a special suit that gave him snake-like flexibility and was later mutated into an actual snake-man. The [[PettingZooPeople snakeman]] version (with a silly snake-hat) appeared as a reoccurring enemy of the ''JusticeLeague'' and a similar character was a one-off villain in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
** Turtle Man is a rare example of a mean ''turtle''. He's "the Slowest Man Alive" and is a minor enemy of TheFlash. He was originally a joke villain, but later became a credible threat when he gained the power to drain speed from other objects, including the Flash himself. (He's still pretty silly, though.)
** The tommy-gun-toting alien alligator-men from the planet Punkus who fought Captain Marvel as part of the Monster Society of Evil. No, seriously.
** [[spoiler: Sobek the crocodile man from ''52'', who turns out to be the vessel of an EldritchAbomination that hails from Apokolips that embodies famine]].
* The MarvelUniverse:
** In ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'', Curt Connors's experiment to help people with missing limbs, like himself, caused him to transform into The Lizard, a monstrous reptile who [[KillAllHumans detests all "warm-blooded" life]] (though it probably goes without saying that he doesn't like spiders either). In the well-loved '90s cartoon, he looked a great deal like a giant, very anthropomorphic Anole.
*** Komodo, who might count as a DistaffCounterpart of The Lizard, manages to be an exception. She was Connors's lab assistant and stole some of the formula that turned Connors into the Lizard, perfected it (for herself, anyways) and used it to grow new legs. Even though the use of said legs requires she stay in her reptile form, she's still able to change back and forth (though being human means her legs go away), and in reptile form she suffers no desire to KillAllHumans.
*** The latest revamp of Connors gives him the ability to activate the "[[YouFailBiologyForever lizard brain]]" of humans , encouraging them to act like reptiles. Apparently lizards are ''really'' sexually aggressive and mindlessly violent towards their own kind. Who knew?
** The Serpent Society is a whole ''brigade'' of snake-themed villains - some actually reptilian, others who [[ClothesMakeTheSuperMan just like the fashion statement]] - who are intertwined with the ancient evil artifact of eldritch reptile gods, the Serpent Crown.
** Viper is yet another snake-thematic villain.
** Played straight with the ''males'' of the Brotherhood of the Badoon. Somehow, though, [[BizarreSexualDimorphism the females of the race are neither reptilian nor evil]].
* A lot of JunglePrincess comics have our heroines fighting savage snakes and carnivorous crocodiles.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': Lord Hebi, a giant snake and the only non-mammal recurring character, is TheDragon of [[BigBad Lord Hikiji]], who's stuck as TheFaceless since the author regretted making him [[HumansAreBastards a human]].
* The Lizard League, ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'''s AlternateCompanyEquivalent to the Serpent Society.
* Teknophage from ''MrHeroTheNewmaticMan'' is an obvious one. A MagnificentBastard, as well as ChessMaster as the ruler of many multiverses, including his home planet Kalighoul.
* Alison Bechdel's ''ComicBook/FunHome'' mentions how unsettling snakes are, and somewhat rhetorically suggests that this is because they are a strange mix of masculinity and femininity.
* ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'' has Raptor the Green Shadow, a lizard-man working for the BigBad and with [[TheStarscream Starscream]] tendencies.
* ''ElfQuest'' has Winnowill [[SarcasmMode lovingly]] referred to as the 'Black Snake'. Rayek gets called this a few times as well.
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[[folder: DisneyAnimatedCanon Examples]]
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'' features an association of Rescue Aid mice, a friendly cat who sings about keeping faith, an extremely helpful dragonfly, and a good turtle -- but the alligators are the only mean animals in the movie. Huh.
** ''TheRescuersDownUnder'' feature a PunchClockVillain Goanna who still liked to terrorize smaller animals, as well as a bunch of man-eating crocodiles. The frilled lizard (one of the cute species) is a good guy, however.
** Tellingly, none of the mean reptiles in either of the movies talk. And the crocodilians of both films seem to be rather useful at being the method of a KarmicDeath...
* ''Disney/RobinHood'' has the PunchClockVillain Sir Hiss. Oddly enough, he's a goofy IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Another villain is an axe wielding alligator EliteMook. Two others are reptiles [[PunchClockVillain under the service]] of the Mammalian Prince John. The movie does feature a more sympathetic turtle: Toby, {{nerd}}y friend of [[CheerfulChild Skippy Rabbit]].
* Kaa in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' is another funny villain, but some viewers think he had definitely paedophiliac undertones to him ("[[SssssnakeTalk Trussssst in me / Jussssst in me]]"). In the book, Kaa was one of the main mentors for Mowgli. In the Disney adaptation, he was [[AdaptationalVillainy transformed into a villain]].[[note]]There's a whole chapter in the seminal {{Doorstopper}}, ''The Illusion of Life'' in which the authors go on and on about how they struggled to make both Kaa and Sir Hiss "cute" so that they ''wouldn't scare the women in the audience''.[[/note]]
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Jafar uses of snake motifs throughout the movie, and when he wants to amp up the evil, he [[ScaledUp turns into a giant snake]].
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' has "Dance of the Hours", in which the ballet-dancing hippopotami, pachyderms and ostriches are interrupted by caped alligators. The alligators' leader is a romantic swashbuckler type, but the rest of them seem to be lechers.
* The main characters in ''TheWuzzles'' were all obvious, easily identifiable MixAndMatchCritters. Background characters were less-obvious mixes. But the thing is ''only the antagonists'', Croc, Brat and Flizzard, sported any recognizably reptilian features. And aside from that, your guess is as good as ours what they were meant to be hybrids of. (Many fansites hold that they are, respectively, "half-crocodile/frog/lizard, half-''dragon''". Strange, given that all other Wuzzles were combinations of real animals.)
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': Main villain Yzma uses her fair share of decorative snake motifs. Also, one of her {{Mooks}} was transformed into a lizard.
* In ''BrandyAndMrWhiskers'', the villain is a dictator-esque gecko named Gaspar Le Gecko.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' the one-shot-villain Sewer Nose is a deranged alligator who at least gains some sympathy points because he was driven nuts by being [[FreudianExcuse traumatized as a hatchling]] by being flushed down a toilet.
* In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'':
** Some of the "Friends From the Other Side" take on snake forms. It's to be expected when your villain is Jafar reincarnated as a 1920s voodoo doctor.
** Tiana and Naveen encounter a group of sinister gators that fit this trope to a T.
* Since his adventures take place in the jungle, Disney/{{Tarzan}} gets into a lot of battles against crocodiles and snakes. In [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan the spin-off cartoon]], a huge snake named Hissa becomes the villain of one episode.
* Two of the animals Mad Madam Mim turns into during the WizardDuel from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' are a crocodile and a rattlesnake, respectively. And then, there's also [[LoopholeAbuse the dragon...]]
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[[folder:Films -- Non-Disney]]
* In ''Film/{{Alligator}}'', cute baby gator Raymond is flushed into Chicago's sewers and starts chowing down on pet corpses spiked with experimental growth hormone; so he isn't really mean, just hungry. Notable for being among the first of many, many ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' rip-offs -- and for being one of the best.
* The first ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'' film, just in case the audience isn't already unsettled by gigantic snakes trying to eat people, asserts that anacondas will [[EatenAlive regurgitate their still-living prey]] after swallowing them, [[ForTheEvulz just for the malicious pleasure]] of ''eating them again.'' [[spoiler:This happens to the human antagonist in the climax]].
-->"You brought that snake... you brought the ''devil''!"
* ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' had snakes as the designated villains, and in this case they were riled up by a spray of pheromones. It gets to the point that Creator/SamuelLJackson has [[MemeticMutation had it with these motherfuckin' snakes on this motherfuckin' plane]].
* In the excellently titled ''Film/{{Ssssssss}}'', the MadScientist in the movie didn't mind snakes. As a matter of fact, he turned people into snakes for fun. The people in question didn't share his enthusiasm.
* They aren't reptiles, but while we're on the subject of horror movies that assume we think crawling, [[strike: scaly,]] swamp-dwelling animals are inherently scary: ''Film/{{Frogs}}''. Yes, ''Frogs''. (And the frogs in question aren't the poisonous or gigantic variety, either.) Funny thing is, the frogs themselves don't do anything. They just stand around being ominous. All of the mayhem and murder is done by alligators, moccasins, snapping turtles, and anoles (the last lock a guy in a greenhouse and cause a chemical reaction that asphyxiates the guy with vapors).
* In his [[Film/{{Gojira}} original]] appearance, Franchise/{{Godzilla}} was portrayed as a walking nuclear explosion, destroying everything in his path. In subsequent movies, however, he was depicted in a grayer light, and became a hero at times.
* The VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory ''Film/LakePlacid'' has a giant, attacking, man-eating crocodile. This could be another case of HumansAreBastards, though -- after all, he didn't ''ask'' to be abandoned in a freezing cold Maine lake, did he?
* And in a case of Humans Are Stupid, ''Film/{{Primeval}}'' stars SUV-sized "[[NeverTrustATrailer Serial killer]]" Gustav, whose large kill record is largely due to idiot fishermen and similarly idiot photographers and big-game hunters. However, it's at least more factually accurate than ''Lake Placid''.
* ''Film/{{Reptilicus}}'' is a giant, man-eating lizard-dragon-thing.
* ''{{Crocodile}}'' has... [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile yeah]].
* ''Film/KillBill'''s villain team, the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad, all had codenames (ostensibly) based on lethally venomous snakes.[[note]]Although Cottonmouths, Copperheads and Sidewinders are indeed members of the family Viperidae, the Black Mamba is part of the family Elapidae, which also contains Cobras, Taipans and Coral snakes, while the California Mountain Snake (better known as the California Kingsnake) is a harmless Colubrid that is best known for its penchant for ''eating'' vipers.[[/note]] The main character was given the name of the most deadly snake of them all, the black mamba, though she renounces the name and the team when she decides to go straight.
* ''Film/QTheWingedSerpent'' was about an evil version of Quetzalcoatl, the ancient Aztec feathered snake god. It's a fun movie, but it's also ridiculously SadlyMythtaken.
* ''Film/{{Dreamscape}}'' featured a little boy who suffered from nightmares about The Snake Man. The villain of the piece took on the hero by [[ScaledUp turning himself into The Snake Man]].
* ''Film/{{Zathura}}'' (which is ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]]-]) gives us the villainous Zorgons, reptilian aliens who are attracted to heat sources.
* The original ''Franchise/StarWars'' films have very few reptilian sentients. Most of them are in the Cantina on Mos Eisley. The only exception is Bossk, a rather vicious Trandoshan bounty hunter. General Grievous was a Kaleesh, a reptilian species that are in war with the Huk, a mantid-like species. The Huk were the Invaders, and Grievous was very noble back then. The prequels have some other reptilian species, but none in a prominent role.\\
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From the "[[http://www.yamara.com/yamara/rfw/rfw2/rfw2pg3.html Call Me MISTER Binks]]" article ([=Radio Free WYHTL=]):
--> "I'm addressing, of course, the vicious, bigoted pattern of lizard-hate in the culture, and in the media.\\
''[[Franchise/StarWars The Phantom Menace]]'' doesn't just contain one species-ist character, it slurs the entire reptilian phylum."
* Played on in ''Film/EnemyMine'', where humans are at war with a hated species of reptilian-like people called "Dracs."
* In a "making of" documentary for TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/{{Eragon}}'', one of the people in charge of designing Saphira said, "We decided first of all, to make Saphira the dragon more likable, so we made her look more like a lioness instead of a reptile."
* In ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', the evil Skeksis look like lizards with some of the most repellent traits of vultures added for good measure. Their good-guy counterparts, the Mystics, have downplayed reptilian features and much more fur, giving them a softer and cuddlier appearance.
* Franchise/IndianaJones when dumped into a snake-filled pit of doom in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'':
--> "[[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why did it have to be SNAKES?!]]"
* A ColdWar-era instructional film warned of the dangers of Hostile Intelligence Services (HISS), portrayed as an animated SmugSnake with a {{Lzherusskie}} accent.
* Although clearly scaleless and unrelated to ''any'' real-world organism, the monsters from the ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' films and series (or just their tongues) are frequently described as resembling reptiles of one sort or another.
* In the 1982 ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'' film, the primary antagonist Thulsa Doom is the leader of a snake cult. He can [[ScaledUp turn into a giant snake]] and uses one as an arrow.
* ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'': Mr. Big/Dr. Kananga uses snakes to kill adversaries, either releasing one into their hotel room, or using one in an elaborate voodoo ceremony (pulled from a coffin full of snakes). Then there's his crocodile farm/heroin processing center.
* Rattlesnake Jake and [[spoiler:the corrupt Tortoise John]] in ''{{Rango}}''.
* In ''Film/RaceWithTheDevil'', the cultists hide a pair of live rattlesnakes inside the heroes' RV.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' has the Lizard as its main villain, who aims to mutate all of New York into reptiles.
* Lampshaded in the film version of Creator/RayBradbury's ''Film/TheIllustratedMan'', where Creator/RodSteiger's character crushes a garter snake with a rock and feeds it to his dog. When another character asks why he did it, noting that garter snakes are harmless and good to have around, he angrily responds, "It ain't no good to anyone, it's a damn snake!"
* ''Film/{{Komodo}}'' uses totally natural wild animals as big scary villains. Although the komodos are ''very'' much on the big side, and not just one, but all of them.
* There's a subplot in ''Film/HardTicketToHawaii'' about a snake that is contaminated with toxins from cancer-infested rats. It kills two honeymooners after escaping its box, and later it finds its way to the home of one of the main characters and tries to attack her after it comes out of a toilet. It ends up killing one of the two main bad guys, and it is then shot point blank with a rocket launcher.
* Viper, the reptilian-themed [[TheBaroness Baroness]] from ''Film/TheWolverine''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Basilisks in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' are abhorrent, ''and'' they destroyed Frank's bow!
* The Snake in ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'' could certainly qualify. He gets a VillainSong, "A Snake in the Grass," in the 1974 movie version.
* ''{{Redwall}}''. While the mammals are split between being good or evil, every single reptile and amphibian is a bad guy. In the first book, a snake is given a demon's name (which it likes to chant for some reason) and likened to a giant, intelligent, evil dragon/monster. In one of the later books, a desert-dwelling character [[FurryConfusion keeps a pet sand lizard]]; "Get 'em when they're young and they're good likkle critters." This was [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/bargain-book-bin-3.php lampshaded hilariously]] by Something Awful, though it was in response more [[CarnivoreConfusion to the mustelids all being evil]].
* ''Magazine/RangerRick'', of all places, used this trope off and on:
** Uncomfortably applied in one issue. There was a short story in which Rick and his gang help an Ocelot in the Everglades and are menaced by an alligator, who was explicitly described as a villain. This was '''jarring''' considering it was the only time an animal filled the antagonistic role; usually HumansAreBastards (they staunchly used the Humans Are Misguided subtrope). Even worse? The very next issue Rick and co. head back to Florida to help... alligators.
** ''Ranger Rick'' magazine also had a series of nonfiction books about animals and of those, one of the most beloved is ''The Unhuggables''. It did all it could to discredit this trope (though it's telling that snakes get their own chapter to themselves) as well as CarnivoresAreMean and (as you could probably guess from the so-close-to-being-the-TropeNamer-title) WhatMeasureIsANonCute.
* Creator/RudyardKipling's stories invoke the trope only when applied to venomous snakes and crocodiles.
** In "[[Literature/TheJungleBook Rikki-Tikki-Tavi]]", a pet mongoose defends his masters' home against the deadly snakes that are ''[[EverythingTryingToKillYou everywhere]]''.
** In "Kaa's Hunting", the "poison people" are self-absorbed. The mad cobra in "The King's Ankus" seems somewhat insane, claiming that a jewelled inanimate object is "death" ([[spoiler:and it turns out he's also outlived his poison]]), but turns out to be right.
*** The villagers first introduced in ''Tiger-Tiger!'' keep a holy village cobra which is content with being fed and doesn't bother anyone.
** Likewise, in "The Undertakers", the chief villain is a vain old crocodile called the Mugger[[note]] although mugger/magar/makara is an actual word for a crocodile species in South Asia[[/note]], who ''boasts'' of having attacked human women and children (but is less than thrilled to be reminded that a woman once drove him away by shooting at him).
** How animals are portrayed - "good", "evil", "brave", "cowardly" - does to a large extent depend on the individual story and who the animals interact with; thus "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" to a large extent reflects the irrepressible fear of snakes that Kipling describes as a typically "white" trait in a scene in ''Kim'' where the Kim and the lama come upon a venomous snake and the lama stops Kim from trying to kill it.
* RaymondEFeist's novel ''[[TheRiftwarCycle A Darkness at Sethanon]]'' introduces the Panthathians, a race of snake-men who worship a race of evil {{Precursors}} that will [[SealedEvilInACan destroy the world if ever freed]]. Naturally they are attempting to do exactly that.
* In the first ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book, Jake morphs a green anole lizard to spy on his assistant principal. He loses control of the morph and eats a spider, and the horror of the experience scares him off reptile morphs in general, as he only morphs two more reptiles throughout the next three years, both cases where he pretty much had no other choice.
** In general reptiles are not used as morphs by any of the team the way mammals are. Aside from the book where everyone morphs dinosaurs, reptile morphs are very rarely used, and even when they are, they're [[ScaledUp always snakes]].
* Invoked often in ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** A snake is the mascot of Slytherin House, which was never an "evil" house, but has a bad reputation due to the many Death Eaters who were sorted there in their school days. The snake is used as an evil motif by the Death Eaters. The ability to speak Parseltongue (snake language) is said to be associated with Dark magic, worsening the snake's reputation even further.
** There was also the basilisk, a huge snake that Harry fights at the end of the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets second book]]. It was Slytherin's pet back in the day, and he kept it hidden in the chamber in hope that his heir would release it and use it to drive Muggle-born wizards out of the school.
** Nagini is essentially Voldemort's [[RightHandCat Right Hand Snake]] [[spoiler:and a partial SoulJar]].
** However, the actual boa constrictor in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]] seems genuinely pleasant and just wants to go to Brazil, where his particular species comes from.
* This trope becomes Reptiles Are Stupid in Foster's ''{{Spellsinger}}'' series, in which reptiles are the only air-breathing vertebrates that ''aren't'' intelligent tool-users. Except for the turtles and dragons, which get an exemption on grounds of popular appeal.
* Played with in the novel ''Chester Cricket's Home'', a sequel to ''ACricketInTimesSquare''. One of the residents of Chester's meadow, a water snake named Walter, realizes that many humans find him horrifying, a fact that he takes an inordinate amount of pride in. However, Walter is actually quite friendly and funny, if a bit of a wise guy at times.
* You would expect it to be averted in the ''Astrosaurs'' series, given all the characters are reptiles. It's actually played straight (along with PredatorsAreMean) as the heroes look more humanoid or mammal-like while the villains have much more pronounced reptilian traits.
* Subverted by David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' and ''Mallorean'' series. While the civilization most attuned to and appreciative of snakes, the Nyissans, are usually portrayed as a rather sinister, corrupt, and amoral people, eventually the chief eunuch Sadi becomes a rather amusing hero, and he brings his pet snake Zith, an intelligent, extremely lethal but extremely affectionate and endearing snake with almost cat-like habits. The only member of the party who doesn't take a shine to her is Silk, whose snake-phobia is more comical than rational. Zith's habit of curling up and sleeping in the bosom of Silk's love interest does not help this. Nor does how Silk finds out...
* ''GatorGumbo'': The main character is an old alligator that can no longer catch prey. The other animals taunt him over this. In the end, he makes a batch of gumbo. The other animals refuse to help but want some. [[spoiler: So they get get close enough and he sweeps them into the pot, cooks, and eats them.]] It probably qualifies as a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop as well -- Don't be a jerk and never underestimate old people [[spoiler:or [[BadassOldGuy they will destroy you!]]]]
* Similar to the Disney's ''Aladdin'' example, the Queen of Underland in ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Silver Chair]]'' turns into a giant snake when she finally runs out of subtler options for killing the heroes. Prince Rillian is glad of this, because it meant he [[WouldntHitAGirl wouldn't have to kill a woman.]]
* A children's book called ''{{Brewsters Courage}}'' practically bent over backwards to subvert this trope. Brewster is a young black footed ferret who hears a Zyedco band play and decides to move to the bayou. His two closest friends end up being an alligator and a cottonmouth snake, while most of the mammals he meets are pretty nasty to him with the exception of one otter and a mastiff.
* Debora Chester's ''Literature/AlienChronicles'' series has the Viis, who resemble giant frilled lizards. They're a despotic race that has enslaved various mammalian races, with the only other reptilian species being their allies instead. When the mammalian races leave to find a utopia, not even their Viis underclass allies go with them, and what becomes of the turtle-people is never said. The web page for the series even invokes this trope.
* In Creator/CliveBarker's ''Literature/{{Abarat}}'' series, despite the archipelago of Abarat being home to a host of wildly different creatures, Finnegan Hob is out to kill all dragons, even young ones, because ''one'' of them killed his bride. All dragons appearing on-page are unsympathetic (and ugly), while Hob is depicted sympathetically, and none of the other characters have a problem with him wanting to commit genocide of a sentient species. This [[AlwaysChaoticEvil unnuanced portrayal of dragons]] is rare in modern fantasy.
* In Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series, a pair of WWII destroyers slip sideways into a [[AlternateHistory timeline]] where dinosaurs were never wiped out and humans never evolved. Instead two other intelligent races did, one mammalian, one reptilian. Guess who the bad guys are?
* In his ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'' series, Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs created two reptilian species: the Snake People Horibs who are villains right out of central casting, and the more nuanced [[GiantFlyer Mahars]] who are telepathic, parthenogenic pterosaurs who start out ruling Pellucidar but are overthrown by the human hero. [[spoiler:It later turned out that the Mahars -- who are deaf and communicate ''entirely'' by telepathy -- were unaware that humans were sapient.]]
* Both used and inverted in ''ChessWithADragon''. On the one hand, the galaxy is populated by many dinosaur-derived alien races, any of which would be content to experiment on, enslave, and/or eat humans. On the other, mammalian races are an extremely rare fluke in this novel, hence most civilized species insist that Mammals Are Abhorrent.
* In ''TheBookOfNightWithMoon'' by Creator/DianeDuane, it is revealed that humans' association of reptiles with evil (in the Book of Genesis and elsewhere) is due to the lizard people choosing to align with the power of evil. Also, both feline mythology and cetacean mythology has {{Satan}} taking the form of a giant snake. The city of the sentient lizard people is a horrific WorldHalfEmpty which runs on systematic oppression and [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. However, [[spoiler: the victory of the heroes give the lizard people a chance to choose a better path, and the lizard Ith becomes a sympathetic character. By the second book, the lizard people are as moral and agreeable as any other species.]]
* HarryTurtledove's books have [[LizardFolk The Race]], which initially seem to be this trope [[ExactlyWhatitSaysonTheTin perfectly personified]], along with [[LittleGreenMen many]] [[TheEmpire other]] [[AliensAreBastards tropes]] related to villainy, but later they're revealed as being simply arrogant but chivalraic beings.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's stories of King Kull include the Serpent People, an ancient, pre-human species that survived the extinction of the dinosaurs. They were evil, dying out, yet determined to retake the world for their species. Among their magical talents was the ability to cast a glamour that made them seem human to observers. The illusion was so good in one story that Kull himself doubted (for all of a minute) his own existence. After which he killed the imposter. Death broke the spell, revealing the truth.
** Howard would continue the tradition in his ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories, which had the evil cult of Set, the Old Serpent, as a primary adversary for the Cimmerian. In the novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', the priests of Set keep giant snakes.
--->''The Cimmerian recoiled, remembering tales he had heard -- serpents were sacred to Set, god of Stygia, who men said was himself a serpent. Monsters such as this were kept in the temples of Set, and when they hungered, were allowed to crawl forth into the streets to take what prey they wished. Their ghastly feasts were considered a sacrifice to the scaly god.''
* In [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's]] writing, reptiles are a frequent source of horror, most notably in ''The Nameless City''.
* In Korney Chukovsky's children story ''StolenSun'', a crocodile swallows the sun (just go with it) and it takes a bear to tear him apart and release it.
* ''Literature/VillainDotNet'' plays with this one: upon encountering Chameleon, apprentice supervillain Jake Hunter presumes the reptilian shapeshifter to be a fellow evil-doer. He is quickly disabused of that notion. However, over the course of the first book, Chameleon shows himself to have a nasty edge, being perfectly willing to kill, and seeking revenge rather than justice.
* Anytime a reptillian character shows up in one of Creator/TerryBrooks's books, you can expect raw evil (although [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Strabo]] is a noticeable exception). It's especially obvious with [[LizardFolk The Mwellrets]], who are the only species in the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' universe that hasn't featured a heroic member. Indeed, one of them, [[TheDragon Cree Bega]], and his equally reptillian [[BigBad boss]], [[BrainFood The Morgawr]], are the worst characters in series.
* The ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' series has two races of [[TheReptilians Reptilian Aliens]] that are presented as universally and unquestionably unpleasant.
* ''DarkHeavens'': "Some of my best friends are snakes."
* This trope is discussed at some length in the ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'' novel ''Seize the Fire''. The book also plays with it when the reptilian Gorn show similar revulsion to mammals.
-->"Mammals. Why did it have to be mammals?"
* Subverted, invoked, ''and'' reconstructed in ''Literature/{{Dreamsnake}}'': Someone's violent phobia of snakes is what kicks off the FrontierDoctor heroine's troubles. And while she views her cobra and rattlesnake (which serve as her medical kit) as both [[CoolPet pets]] and essential tools, not even ''she'' can find anything likable about the dangerous, ill-tempered, and downright ugly sand vipers.
* Subverted in AndreNorton's ''OperationTimeSearch'', when a young man from 20th Century America is flung back in time to the war between {{Atlantis}} and Mu, and is surprised, though he doesn't say it aloud, to find that his Murian hosts revere snakes. A nine-headed serpent motif is often used in jewelry -- and the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Emperor's]] crown.
* [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]] in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' are a reptilian species of fairy. They're presented as extremely stupid and almost unversally prone to a criminal disposition. They are also the only fairy race with the ability to conjure fire.
* In ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', Quetzalcoatl is one of the more evil-aligned Elders (seriously, people need to [[SadlyMythtaken stop making the nicest Aztec god evil just because he's the only one they've heard of]]) and a Komodo-dragon-like monster called a Nidhogg is summoned and nearly eats Scathach in the first book. Also, everyone's magical aura has a different smell, and one of the villains' auras smells like a snake.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', the FriendToAllLivingThings Freckles makes an exception for snakes. Killing one was an important part of FaceYourFears for him, and the summer where they retreat to the swamp is nasty.
* Averted in Bernard Waber's ''Lyle the Crocodile'' series for children, which features a friendly anthropomorphic crocodile who stands on hind legs and lives with a human family.
* Central to the conflict of Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/WestOfEden'' trilogy: humans find reptiles disgusting and frightening, and the [[LizardFolk Yilanč]] (intelligent descendants of mosasaurs) have an equally low opinion of "ustuzou" (mammals.) Each ends up seeing the other as vermin to be wiped out.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes can't stand snakes. The arch-villain Professor Moriarty and the 'worst man in London', blackmailer Charles Augustus Milverton, are both compared to reptiles: Moriarty in the way he moves his head, Milverton because he gives Holmes the creeps. The only actual reptile in the series is the [[ArtMajorBiology Indian swamp adder]], which kills people.
* In AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Ordeal In Otherwhere]]'', Charis finds a madwoman at the post where she is taken, who is obsessed with the horrible "snakes". She certainly was driven mad by contact with the reptilian Wyverns, but whether her horror caused or was caused by the contact is never even touched on.
* In ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' Raoul Duke has hallucinations of man-eating LizardPeople when he makes it to the hotel bar.
* ''Literature/SpiritAnimals'' features the Great Beasts, fifteen PhysicalGods with tremendous power over various aspects of reality. The only reptile, Gerathon The Serpent, is one of the two Great Beasts to turn evil. Additionally, a saltwater crocodile is the symbolic animal of the main villain and his crown features a serpent biting its tail.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' introduces the Xindi, a set of related (somehow) species who each have evolved from a different species and yet are all at least vaguely humanoid. There's the ([[SapientCetaceans dolphin-like]]) Aquatics, [[HumanAliens human-like]] Primates, human-like (if hairier) Arborials, ant-like and scary-looking Insectoids, lizard-like and ''also'' scary-looking Reptilians, and the extinct and presumably birdlike Avians. You win no prizes for guessing which two species remained villains.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had the Cardassians, a very unpleasant race with distinctly reptilian features. The same can be said of the Hirogens in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
*** ''[=DS9=]'' also introduced the Jem'hadar, a scaly race of drug-addicted, genetically engineered SuperSoldier fanatics who look like humanoid styracosaurs and worship a race of fascistic ShapeShifter space amoebas. And despite this, they're the ''nicest'' out of all the races created by the Founders.
** Apart from a bare handful of Cardassians who thought MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch, the only exceptions were some background characters in the movies, revealing that TheFederation ''does'' have turtle-people and lizard-people amongst its citizens; they just don't ''do'' anything. Maybe they need more sunlight?
** And can we really fail to mention the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Gorn?]]
*** Then again, the Gorn in question was being forced to fight Kirk the same way Kirk was. What's more, the previous attack on the Federation outpost was a result of the Federation accidentally and unknowingly violating Gorn space. This misunderstanding, more than anything, was the cause of the fighting in the first place, and Kirk eventually suggested that the Federation and the Gorn could negotiate a peaceful solution. According to the ExpandedUniverse, most of them are actually quite friendly, and over time the Gorn have become allies of TheFederation. So, ultimately, a subversion.
* ''Series/{{V}}'': The Sirians embody this trope, but more to the point, the show-makers rely on it [[TruthInTelevision working on the audience]]. When they first appear, they are disguised as humans, and the fact that they are actually reptiles hidden behind LatexPerfection is treated as a revelation just as horrifying as their attempt to enslave all of humanity.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' intentionally avoids the trope, featuring friendly introductions to "scary" animals to assure the kids that [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch they're not mean]]. There's a song about a friendly snake named Sammy. There is also one about an Alligator king and his seven sons; both song and alligators are pleasant.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** The Scarrans are vaguely reptilian-looking and a major villain race throughout much of the series.
** More obvious, the snake found in the [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole "wall"]], which [[KillAllHumans wants to eat anyone]] ''from another dimension'' although the ones that had the most encounters with it say [[FalseReassurance it'll just mind its business]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Subverted with the Unas. When first introduced, the lizard-like Unas are unquestionably evil. This is because the only ones encountered are possessed by the AlwaysChaoticEvil Goa'uld (who are referred to as "snakes" by several characters, though they're closer to eels). Later, the team finds un-possessed Unas, who are initially somewhat primitive and feral, but later show capacity for honor and other virtues.
** However, there was also the first BigBad, Apophis, whose Jaffa wore snake-themed armour, and he himself wore golden snake armour. (Apophis was associated with snakes in AncientEgypt, and as the premise was that the Goa'uld had inspired human religions by [[AGodAmI pretending to be gods]].)
* In the ''Series/CSIMiami'' episode "Identity," a sunbathing woman is killed and swallowed (but for some reason not digested) by a boa constrictor. Once again, this is more a case of HumansAreBastards, as the snake had been illegally imported and died soon thereafter.
* The Sleestak were the worst sentient villains in ''Series/LandOfTheLost''. And the other villains? Well, they subverted EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs by being carnivores who chased the cast... except for Dopey.
* The main {{Big Bad}}s of ''SpaceCases'' were the Spung, an AlwaysChaoticEvil (except for [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Elmira]]) race of bipedal reptiles.
* Series/KamenRiderRyuki has Kamen Rider Ohja, which means [[MeaningfulName King of Snakes]]. And Oh how evil [[ForTheEvulz he]] [[BloodKnight is.]]
* A brief scene in the ''DavyCrockett'' mini-series featured Davy up against a few alligators.
* On the AnimalPlanet channel:
** Blatantly invoked in a recent series, ''Series/FatalAttractions'', during an episode about an [[CrazyCatLady animal hoarder]] who owned several Nile monitors and allowed them [[TooDumbToLive free reign of his apartment]]. The man died in his apartment and his body was discovered in a heavily decomposed state, with his pet lizards having fed upon the body. The show seemed to go out of its way to demonise the reptiles themselves (as well as the people who own them, painting them as egomaniacs who form no emotional bonds with their pets), with no shortage of re-enactments featuring close-up shots of plotting, shifty-eyed lizards filmed in a sinister monochrome. The show also [[WildMassGuessing hypothesised]] that the monitors [[EvilPlan deliberatedly envenomated their owner and waited around for him to die]] like Komodo Dragons, a hunting strategy which Komodo Dragons themselves [[ScienceMarchesOn are no longer believed to use]], let alone Nile Monitors. It also perpetuated the [[http://www.reptilia.org/pdfs/habitarium/HabitariumPrograms-SalmonellaandReptiles.pdf myth]] that reptiles spread salmonella.[[note]]Reptiles are no more ''specifically'' prone to carrying salmonella than any other animal, and 95% of all reptile-related salmonella infections come from green iguanas and red-eared sliders, (both of which are species unsuited for but commonly kept by novices, and often in unsanitary housing conditions.)[[/note]] The show also neglected to mention the far more likely possibility that the man simply died and was scavenged upon by his starving pets.
** A season two episode about pet crocodiles seems to have a very black-and-white issue on the subject. Crocodiles are depicted as either mindless cold-blooded killers or as intelligent beloved pets. There is, sadly, no middle ground stating that crocodiles are intelligent predators that should NEVER be kept as pets because of how dangerous they are, but that we shouldn't go about mindlessly killing them just because they're predators.
** ''Man-Eating Super Snake'', a recent Animal Planet documentary, indulges in blatant [[YouCanPanicNow fearmongering]] based on the possibility that the feral Burmese Pythons and African Rock Pythons in the Everglades will breed and produce hybrids with the size of the former and the purported aggression of the latter. Not only is this premise utterly sensationalistic and like something out of a SyFy channel original movie, but Burmese and Rock Pythons have ''already been hybridized in captivity''; "Burmrocks", as they are known, are no larger or more aggressive than their Burmese or African parents. In fact, they're actually quite docile, a trait they inherit from their Burmese parents, ''exactly the opposite'' of Animal Planet's "Man-Eating Super Snake".
* In the episode of ''TheMuppetShow'' starring James Coco, Kermit's nephew Robin was too afraid of snakes to go to bed. Kermit tried to show him the better side of snakes by having him envision beautful dancing snakes. It works for Robin but the appearance of the snakes unnerves poor Kermit. Snakes ''are'' major predators of frogs...
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' the Mayor's EvilPlan involved him turning into a gigantic snakey demon. Several other demons, such as the baby-eating Lurconis of "Band Candy", also had a snake-like appearance.
* ''Triple'' subverted in the ''Bad Feng Shui'' episode of ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' which discusses this trope, and how it doesn't apply with Chinese folklore. However it ends up with a snakelike villain anyway. [[spoiler: Until it's revealed he's more of a misguided LiteralGenie, who thinks he's helping the protagonist.]]
* This turns up quite a lot in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. First there was a [[OneShotCharacter One Shot Villain]] with a magical shield that had three snakes which could slide out of the metal and poison people. Then there was Lamia, a MonsterOfTheWeek that changed from a young girl into a strange half-snake, half-octopus creature and whose presence could be felt by the sound of hissing. Then there's Morgana, who often wears a necklace in the shape of a snake, and has at least two magical snakes at her disposal: a strange multi-headed plant-like creature, and a tiny snake that tortures people.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had several [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] with reptilian motifs.
** [[Recap/TheXFilesS01E16YoungAtHeart "Young At Heart"]]: [[MadScientist Doctor Ridley]] uses salamander cells to de-age Barnett, giving him a horrifying reptilian hand in the process.
** [[Recap/TheXFilesS02E14DieHandDieVerletzt "Die Hand Die Verletzt"]] makes a use of a school python as an AnimalAssassin.
** [[Recap/TheXFilesS07E09SignsAndWonders "Signs And Wonders"]]: Both agents are on edge by an aweful lot of snakes. [[spoiler:Though it turns out the snake handlers are actually the good guys, more or less.]]
** [[Recap/TheXFilesS08E19Alone "Alone"]]: The monster, originally thought to be some kind of reptile, is actully [[spoiler: the crypto-biologist who seemed to be protecting the creature he created and who is able to transform himself at will]].
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Pick Me Up", the serial killer Walker seems to have a thing for snakes as predators. He wears snake leather boots, [[ImprovisedWeapon strangles someone to death with a dead snake]] and skins one of his victims to "shed her skin".
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* An issue of ''NewScientist'' with a cover story about "Gaia's EvilTwin". The cover picture showed Gaia surrounded by "good nature"; green shoots, flowers, butterflies and doves, and Evil Gaia surrounded by "bad nature"; black roots, flies, carrion birds, and ''snakes''. This did not reflect the actual story in any way.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The death metal band Nile get a lot of mileage out of this one, from serpents to crocodiles to the deliciously Lovecraftian "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lta-5A7TUmE prehuman serpent volk]]" to TURNING INTO A SNAKE.
* There's a PlaygroundSong based upon a Creator/ShelSilverstein poem called "I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor", which exploits the fear of a snake being able to eat a person.
-->''Oh, heck! He's up to my neck!''
-->''Oh, dread! He's up to my [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion * GULP* ]]''
* "Ah don't like spiduhs an' snakes..."
* The Church's unfair but rocking "Reptile" makes use of explicit [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] symbolism.
-->''And I should have believed Eve.
-->She said we had to blow.
-->She was the apple of my eye.
-->It wasn't long ago.''
* Never smile at a crocodile. Never tip your hat and stop to talk a while...
* From [[NineInchNails The Downward Spiral]] we get the song "Reptile," which goes:
--> She splits herself wide open, to let the insects in
--> She leaves a trail of honey, to show me where she's been
--> She's got the blood of reptiles, just underneath her skin
--> Seeds of a thousand others, drip down from within
* ''Many'' heavy metal bands ranging from Alice Cooper to Soundgarden to Symphony X use snakes as symbols of fear, and this translates to heavier music.
* PaulaAbdul: HE'S A COLD HEARTED SNAKE! Look into his eyes, he's been tellin' lies.
* "Attacked by Snakes!" by ''Music/TheAquabats'', where a hapless fellow finds his front lawn infested with thousands of angry snakes that are after him for some reason:
-->Attacked by snakes, by snakes\\
So many snakes it would take a thousand rakes\\
To contain the snakes after me\\
I'd rather be burned at the stake than be\\
Attacked by snakes!
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[[folder:Myth, Legend, and Religion]]
* There's an old story (attributed to [[Literature/AesopsFables Aesop]] sometimes) about a woman (or a farmer) who finds a venomous snake shivering outside in the snow. It begs her to let it in so it does not freeze to death. She refuses, on the grounds that the snake will bite her and she'll die. The snake continues to plead, assuring her he will do no such thing, asking how he could possibly hurt the one who saved his life. So the kind hearted woman brings the snake in, and cuddles it to her breast by the fire. [[spoiler:When the snake thaws out, it bites her anyway. As she lies dying, she asks the snake why he broke his word. The snake replies that it's just his nature; [[TheFarmerAndTheViper "Lady, you knew I was a snake when you let me in!"]]]]
** This story survives even into the Old American South, starring kind-hearted Br'er Possum in place of the woman and Br'er Snake as himself. "You knowed I was a snake when you put me in yer pocket" . . .
** It was a popular song in 1968, sung by the great Al Wilson.
* In NorseMythology the mighty Midgard Serpent, Jormugandr, is the mortal enemy of Thor and spawn of Loki. There's also Nidhoggr, the serpent who munches on Yggdrassil TheWorldTree's roots.
* In [[MesopotamianMythology Sumerian myth]], the world is made from the body of the primordial dragon-goddess Tiamat after she is killed by her much more human-like divine children. Also, the {{Trickster}} serpent steals the secret of eternal life from Gilgamesh.
* Most mythology surrounding Dragons in most Western and Middle-Eastern cultures uses this trope; in fact, the medieval Western dragon or wyrm, a poison-spewing, slimy, fire-breathing, and/or virgin-munching abomination that spreads death and destruction wherever it goes and must be killed by a brave hero or outwitted by a clever, pure-hearted maiden, might well be the ''ultimate'' incarnation of this trope. Though their depiction has evolved over time, most early Western and Middle-Eastern dragons are just giant snakes, with or without embellisments like wings and horns.
* Islamic tradition has it that getting up to slay a snake is one of very few permissible reasons to interrupt one's prayers. It's even attributed heroic value; those who have slain snakes may earn entry into Paradise. The large number of venomous snakes in the Middle-East is an obvious source for the sentiment.
* Literature/TheBible and UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}:
** A snake persuaded Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. For this offense, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden, but the snake itself was cursed by God to "crawl on its belly, eating dust", and to forever be hated by mankind.
** {{Satan}} is often called "old snake" or a "dragon". Christian art will always show the ArchangelMichael, who supposedly cast Lucifer out of Heaven, as defeating the latter in the form of a dragon. Also, the dragon appearing in the Literature/BookOfRevelation is usually interpreted as being him.
** The Bible goes against this imagery in [[Literature/TheFourGospels Matthew 10:16]], when Jesus instructs his followers to be "[[GoodIsNotDumb as wise as serpents, and as innocent as doves]]."
** In the Apocrypha the fallen Archangel Ramiel(who's name in the Greek translations of the Apocrypha is refered to as Hades) is described as a snake and has a personality similar to the Leviathan of Job in that he rules over {{Pride}}(unlike the other snake Satan who rules over deceit).
* In ''The Legend of the Gallant Jiraiya'', Jiraiya has a student named Orochimaru who uses snake-magic. Orochimaru decides he wants more power, and heads on over to TheDarkSide. [[BattleCouple Jiraiya and his wife Tsunade]] use their toad and snail-magic (respectively) to fight Orochimaru. He manages to subdue (although not completely overpower) their summoned creatures, until they are helped by another of Jiraiya's students. [[LeftHanging The actual outcome of the battle is undetermined, however.]]
* In Hawaiian Mythology, Hi'iaka is asked to bring [[LoveInterest Lohia'u]] back to her sister, Pele. Among the many adventures along the way is a battle with giant monitor lizards. She defeats them using ''mana'' (spiritual energy roughly equivalent to [[{{UsefulNotes/Taoism}} chi]]) contained in the hem of her skirt.
* One of the many monsters [[ChineseMythology Yu the Great]] has to deal with to save China from its flood and other strife is Xiangliu, a multi-headed serpent.
* In mythological studies, there is a trope called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaoskampf#Chaoskampf Chaoskampf]]". It is always along the lines of "[[ShockAndAwe storm god]] fights huge serpent/dragon, representing order vs chaos". It appears in the form of [[HinduMythology Indra vs Vritra]], [[GreekMythology Zeus vs Typhon]], [[NorseMythology Thor vs Jormungandr]], and possibly [[JapaneseMythology Susano'o vs Orochi]] as well.
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* The Weebls Stuff flash animation, [[http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com Badger Badger Badger]] has its single moment of terror surrounding the snake, who does seem pretty harmless, really.
-->''ARGH! Ack! It's a snake! A snake! Oh, no! It's a snake!''
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* The Crocs in ''PearlsBeforeSwine''; their usual (and futile) goal is to eat Zebra while speaking in ludicrous accents and displaying [[TooDumbToLive eye-popping stupidity]]. The youngest one seems to be the least dedicated.
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* Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/MataHari'' pinball includes gratuitous images of snakes among the various espionage scenes.
* Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/{{Metallica}}'' has a large snake's head on the playfield that eats pinballs.
-->'''Snake:''' “I’m fucking hungry, hungry for your balls!”
* The EvilSorceress Zenobia in ''Pinball/{{Sinbad}}'' summons a giant serpent to menace the hero.
* ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballFantasticJourney Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey]]'' has a giant Anaconda menace the player in the Boat Adventure.
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* [[JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], whether in the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]], {{WCW}}, or anywhere else, was generally portrayed as just as sleazy, slimy, and duplicitous as the reptiles he handled. He also loved to use his snakes to intimidate and/or humiliate his foes, and cleared the ring in at least one battle royal by letting loose an 8-foot boa constrictor and watching everybody scramble over the top rope trying to get away from it. (We'd love to know what the snake was thinking.)
* StoneColdSteveAustin also went by "The Rattlesnake," although it was because of his [[AntiHero violent and unpredictable nature]] rather than because he was truly evil.
* Then there's the Viper himself, RandyOrton.
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* The Riverbottom Gang from EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas includes a snake and a lizard.
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* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game has several sets of Reptile-type monsters that either affirm or subvert this; the Venoms (evil corrupting snakes with {{Naga}}-like "gods"), Aliens (patterned off of the reptilian humanoid and Roswell Gray alien theories, but no official word on their allegiance), the Gagagigos (flip-flopped between evil and good, but now officially evil), and the Worms ([[LightIsNotGood Light-Attribute, but horrendously ugly, and the enemies of the]] [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark-Attribute Ally of Justice monsters]].
** The Gagagigo cards are actually all the same character at different points in his life. He start as a good UglyCute lizard kid, who grew up to be an evil lizard man, but turned good after becoming friends with a hero. [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul He turned bad again as a result of being turned into a cyborg.]] At his most evil, he actually appeared LESS reptilian and more like an AnimalisticAbominiation. In his most recent form, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor (he is back to good again thanks to his friendship with the aforementioned hero)]] he looks like an angelic cyborg lizard man. So this trope is ZigZagged for him.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'' snakes were originally depicted as nasty creatures with cards like Serpent Warrior, but more recently the Orochi were powerful and noble {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, if a bit hostile. However, Orochi are surely the least snake-like "snake men" ever illustrated: they have hair, [[NonMammalianMammaries breasts]], four arms, two legs, and no tails, and their faces are mostly humanoid. Dragons have been in every alignment (including a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot genius dragon mad wizard scientist]]), but skew towards evil or violently, destructively instinct-driven. Reptiles may be simply animals, but aside from some Orochi there aren't many heroic reptiles, nor are many in White, the most community-driven, justice-oriented, or stereotypically "heroic" color.
* One of the fictional series in ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'', "Warriors of the Cosmos," has a evil snake-human in the form Serpentina, but that tabletop kisses the mouth of 1980s cartoons very hard.
* The ''{{Champions}}'' superhero RPG had the ubiquitous VIPER criminal organization as well as reptile-themed villains. One was King Cobra (formerly Dr. Timothy Blank), a Mad Scientist who discovered the Coil Gene, which mutates humans into super-powered reptilian creatures. He was his own first subject. His goal is to turn every human in the world into reptiles... loyal to him, naturally. He's been a master villain in ''{{Champions}}'' for at least the last three editions of the game, probably longer.
* In the Ani-Earth AnimalSuperheroes setting for ''MutantsAndMasterminds'', it is specifically stated that reptiles tend to be villains, with snakes as evil masterminds, lizards as mid-level bad guys and crocodilians as dumb mooks. Freedom City's BigBad, Overshadow, becomes Cobrashadow.
* In the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' sourcebook "Mythologies", one of the possibilities for the first vampire? The son (or daughter) of Eve, the First Woman... and The Serpent of Eden. The book includes several snake-based powers to apply to vampires to further imply that this might be true, including making snakes into default forms for the Protean discipline, it being easier to Ghoul snakes, and making vampires immune to snake venom (ordinarily, snake venoms -- like most haemotoxins -- work just fine on vampires).
* In TabletopGame/DragonDice, there exist the Swamp Stalkers, a race of war refugees and deserters who sought refuge in the setting's swamps and were there transformed by Death into a race of snake men with the power to mutate members of other species in order to increase their numbers.
* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' features many, many cases over the editions. Just a few examples to start with:
** The kobolds (as of 3rd Edition) are little, cowardly, yet malevolent lizard-people distantly related to dragons.
** The Troglodytes, ChaoticEvil lizard-like humanoids that live underground and raid human settlements to [[ImAHumanitarian feed on the inhabitants]].
** Similar to ''Warhammer'' below, the LizardFolk of D&D play with this trope. They're often used as antagonists, but their default alignment is TrueNeutral (at least in 3rd Edition/3.5) and they really just want to be left alone.
** The [[SnakePeople yuan-ti]], probably the most iconic D&D race for this trope. They range from mostly-human people with a few snake features to mostly-snake people with a few human features, as well as several other heavily-mutated varieties. Their patron deity is Merrshaulk, a ChaoticEvil giant snake-monster that spends most of its time slumbering in its realm in the Abyss.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] example from the Lizardmen in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. On one hand, they're scary as hell, they're capable of realigning the landscape and don't care if there is anyone living on it (read: this is one of the reasons why the Dwarves are a DyingRace) and they commit shockingly brutal genocides. On the other hand, they're the foremost enemies of Chaos, the targets of their genocides are AlwaysChaoticEvil creatures like the [[YouDirtyRat Skaven]], they're sided with Order rather than Destruction, and the reason for the continent shenanigans is the result of BlueAndOrangeMorality that says that the world must be reset to the way it was according to the Old One's plans. WordOfGod has said that Lizardmen default to LawfulNeutral, making them a rare example of LizardFolk being ''good guys''... Or rather, [[BlackAndGrayMorality Good-ish guys]].
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* The Zyglak in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. There's also the Skakdi -- a group of them (the Piraka) were collectively the BigBad of the 2006 StoryArc, and one of their leaders (Nektann) briefly became TheDragon to overall series BigBad Teridax during the 2010 arc. It is not uncommon for villains to get [[BalefulPolymorph turned into snakes]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' toys played the trope straight, usually. Dinosaurs, reptiles and arthropods where villainous Predacons. Interestingly fish, manta rays, sharks, and squid were Maximals. The main non-evil dinosaur was Dinobot, who abandoned the Predacons because he considered their leader incompetent, and ended up with the Maximals. He remained an only half-trusted anti-hero for much of the show, [[spoiler:but got a HeroicSacrifice towards the end.]]
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* ''MortalKombat'': Let's hear it for Reptile! He's so abhorrent, he doesn't even need an actual name. However, he's actually a subversion as he's a severe case of a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Woobie Anti Villain]]; his whole goal was to prevent his race from becoming extinct, but his masters constantly screw over his goal. Doesn't help that Reptile's attitude is more or less a mentally deteriorating YesMan. Aside of him, there's also Khameleon, whose goal is to pull Reptile out of that service and repopulate the race together.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'':
** The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' has the apes saving their bananas from a gang of bullying crocodiles. Mind, the apes are also helped by a lot of other animals, including a friendly snake, so only the crocs really get this treatment.
** In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', K. Lumsy is a Kremling (croc-like creature) that is locked up ''because'' he won't be mean and crush the "lovely little island, with lots of monkeys running around on it". He even (inadvertently) helps you move forward in the game.
* Several characters of the Argonian race in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series are portrayed as villainous, despite really being no worse than the other playable races in general. They are long-standing victims of FantasticRacism. This trope is also [[InvokedTrope invoked]] to emphasize the average Tamrielic denizen's fear and hatred of the Akaviri snake-men/Tsaesci.
* Despite the villains, the Hierarchy, being TheGreys, ''UniverseAtWar'' still manages to pull this. What skin is exposed on the mostly-armored Grunts is visibly scaly if you get a good look at it, and the Brutes are something between The Greys and some sort of humanoid predatory reptile.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series:
** Ridley, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant pterodactyl cyborg]], and Kraid, a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever humongous lizard]] with [[MadeOfIron optical shield-tough skin]], occupy the top of the Space Pirates chain of command ([[TheDragon directly under]] [[BigBad Mother Brain]]). They're arch nemeses of [[TheHero Samus Aran]] (Ridley in particular, given the series' backstory).
** The Reptilicus/Old Bryyonians in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', who'll attack you on sight. To be fair, though, the lore entries that you can scan on Bryyo imply that they were fairly nice guys at one point, but more or less turned "evil" after a schism broke out between the "primal" ways of magic and the "new ways" of science.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''; the lizard people in the game, the Bedokkan, are introduced as [[AlwaysChaoticEvil a barbaric, primitive people]] who have captured an elf; the most obvious solution is to kill them all. However, with a bit of negotiation, you find that the Bedokkan are a peaceful-ish tribe of indigenous people with a threatened homeland, albeit one that is made up of 9-foot tall magic lizards.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', along with (ab)using several other AnimalStereotypes, plays this trope straight. One of the members of the evil rival group, Star Wolf, is a chameleon called "Leon". Not only that, but the boss characters for Corneria's secret path and Area 6 look reptilian in their avatars. That said, the majority of the bosses and BigBad Andross are all apes of some variety. (According to the tie-in comic for the original Star Fox game that appeared in Nintendo Power, lizards are the native species of Venom and were enslaved by the evil Andross.)
** And [[StarFoxAdventures General Scales]], of course.
* In ''TyTheTasmanianTiger'', the main {{Mooks}} are frilled lizards. In the second game, however, a frilled lizard is the cook for Bush Rescue, and responds to Ty's surprise at seeing him with "Not all lizards are bad, you know!"
* From the ''SoulCalibur'' games:
** Lizardman, who was once a Spartan warrior named Aeon Calcos, but was later taken in by the Fygul Cestemus cult (who also created the {{golem}} Astaroth) and turned into a reptile.
** While Aeon reclaims his human memories, he makes efforts to not be seen during travels and only attacks those that may hold clues to Soul Edge (or if its related to Hephaestus, which [[BerserkButton triggers his primal rage]]). However, the corruption slowly eats away at his mind, erasing all human memories and leaving only a primal instinct and bloodlust, regressing to his BrainwashedAndCrazy persona seen in the first Calibur. The {{Mook}} variety (all humans as well) seems to suffer the same ordeal, though they were never freed from the brainwashing to begin with. By the time of ''4'', they all are back to their murderous rampages.
* ''{{X-Com}}: UFO Defense'' has the Snakemen aliens, who are best known for the [[DemonicSpiders Chrysallids]] that accompany them.
** The 2012 remake replaced the Snakemen with the "Thin Men," who look like humans on the surface but close-up inspection reveals snake eyes and other reptilian features. Their appearance recalls the Men in Black of UFO lore who threaten witnesses into silence, while also invoking the conspiracy theory claims of [[TheReptilians reptilian aliens that go around in human disguise (either as shapeshifters or with impressive fake human suits)]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' generally uses snakes as evil creatures, though sometimes they are treated neutrally:
** The Druids of the Fang in the Wailing Caverns dungeon. They are a group of [[FaceHeelTurn formerly beneficent]] druids [[BrainwashedAndCrazy corrupted]] by [[TheVirus the Nightmare]] which is a manifestation of the will of the [[CosmicHorror Old Gods]] within the [[DreamLand Emerald Dream]]. Their totem animal, which all of them could transform into during combat, was a Viper. This was in addition to their hench-animals Deviate Vipers, Deviate Raptors, Deviate Alligators, etc. Oh, and their leaders' names were Lord Pythas, Lord Serpentis, Lord Cobrahn, and Lady Anacondra. The expanded universe paints them in a slightly better light but none of this is seen in-game.
** Throughout the game, players also encounter winged snakes called wind serpents. These serpents are almost always hostile to the player.
** The most obviously evil wind serpent is the father of them all, Hakkar the Soulflayer. Hakkar is either an offspring of or manifestation of the will of the [[CosmicHorror Old Gods]] and corrupted the entire jungle troll nation and damn near destroyed it completely. His hobbies included eating the souls and drinking the blood of those captured by his troll followers or, baring that, his followers themselves.
** The {{Naga}} are a powerful race of former elves [[ScaledUp transformed into snake-things]] by an [[CosmicHorror Old God.]] Guess how friendly they are? ''Warcraft'' generally tries to show everyone except demons as being fairly morally neutral depending on what their leaders choose to do, but Naga get very few instances where they aren't being [[AlwaysChaoticEvil total jerks]] [[ForTheEvulz for the hell of it.]]
** There're even more nasty snakes in the expanded universe.
** The snake loa was never given the opportunity to do anything bad given what we see. The wind serpent loa is a rather nasty fellow, but not completely unjustified. He/she decides to spend his/her eternity as a now-incorporeal being torturing and murdering those who betrayed him over and over for shiggles. Then again, it does help you out, and they do sort of deserve it.
** Trolls of all subraces in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are frequently shown to have deep connections to reptiles -- subverting this trope, since trolls are no more inherently evil than other player-character races. Their racial mount is a small dinosaur, snakes are a common motif of troll architecture, and a troll vendor sells a variety of snake vanity pets. In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', the troll Shadow Hunter hero unit summoned Serpent Wards. Trolls and tauren hold snakes to be somewhat sacred. For example, Arikara, the tauren avatar of vengeance, probably would have gone on to kill [[DevilInPlainSight Magratha]] for being a complete backstabbing jerkass (the implication is she lies to you when she tells you who its target is).
* Played mostly straight in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series. While the human scientists were the scheming and callous baddies (invoking the HumansAreBastards trope, as well), the mutated minions were the ones just doing the direct dirty work and nothing more... Komodo Joe (a Komodo Dragon) and Dingodile did nasty things too:
** Komodo Joe was said to run an illegal Cubic Zirconia fraud business, and the concepts released by the ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'' developers showed that he would cheat Crash and Cortex out of Power Crystals while they ended up driving around a course in a car with no brakes.
** In the same game, Dingodile ends up hearing about the alleged treasure of the Evil Twins from Crash and Cortex, secretly follows them, makes base in the boiler rooms of the Academy of Evil, and ends up blasting Cortex out of said rooms when Cortex won't reveal where the treasure is to him (which is more a case of Cortex not understanding what he's asking for, anyway). He does appear in the handheld versions as a lackey of Cortex in ''CrashOfTheTitans'', but it does seem that Cortex trusts him a lot less.
* In the Franchise/FireEmblem series the Divine Dragons are the only always friendly type of dragon and have the least prominent reptilian traits by far. They even have feathers and fur in some appearances. On the opposite end, the dinosaur/crocodile looking Earth Dragons and serpentine Mage Dragons have always been enemy characters thus far.
** The enemy nation almost always make heavy use of [[DragonRiders Wyvern Riders]]. Playable Wyvern Riders often come from the enemy nation and later undergo a HeelFaceTurn
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' gives us Anguis and Draco Cantus, Megumi Kitaniji's Noise forms -- a giant snake and a five-headed dragon, respectively. Fitting, considering his JerkAss nature. (And, incidentally, his fondness for snakeskin suits.)
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights''
** Played straight in the original ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', in which the BigBad turns out to be the queen of a race of lizardmen hiding in a glorified magical bomb shelter.
** In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir,'' the Samarachans despise the yuan-ti, a race of snake-like beings. On several occasions, you end up having to fight yuan-ti. Subverted when you go to hunt down a yuan-ti and they turn out to be quite benevolent. You can create a yuan-ti for your party, and choose to make them not-evil.
** Set up with a conflict between Lizardmen and a village in the main Neverwinter Nights 2 campaign, where the Lizardmen seem to be launching unprovoked attacks. Subverted when the Lizardmen turn out to be somewhat sympathetic, and ultimately can be convinced to from a truce and, later, ally against the BigBad.
* In ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'', the good guys are all mammalian (lions and dogs) while the only lizardmen units are [[BladeOnAStick lancers]] for the villains.
* ''FinalFantasy'':
** Bangaa examples:
*** The Bangaa in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' are pretty cool guys, and have some incredibly BadAss job abilities. However, the NPC Bangaa in the game are almost all soldiers and jailers in the employ of the evil government.
*** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' Vaan's adoptive father figure Migelo is a Bangaa. But, then you have Ba'gam'nan's all-Bangaa hit-squad after you. Tellingly they are common enemies while the [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute cuter tribes]] Viera, Moogle, and Nu mou are not. However, there are also a few friendly Bangaa [=NPCs=] outside of cities that will fight off enemies that are attacking you and will cast protective spells on your party as well, so Bangaa in general can play the trope straight and avert it at once.
*** Bangaas are the race best integrated within the humes, hence why they're so common in the game. Contrast with the [[PigMan Seeqs]] who also appear as enemies and are treated like second-rate citizens. Heck, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' makes the Bangaa look more like well behaved citizens (with the usual thug here or there) while most of the Seeq are portrayed as villains, robbers, and all round gluttons with little (if any) redeeming qualities.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has a few different reptile and amphibian enemies, and none are on any peaceful terms (Half the time because [[HumansAreBastards people did something stupid]]):
*** The Lamiae are snake-women hybrids that routinely slay people and then raise the corpses to make an undead army.
*** The Mamool Ja are lizardmen who had once paid tribute to TheEmpire of Aht Urhgan, but have since tried to destroy it.
*** Poroggos are frogs that were able to walk due to [[AWizardDidIt magic]], and actually were nice to the Tarutaru, thinking they were on good terms with the main races... too bad Windurst got scared of talking, magic-casting frogs and tried to kill them all. Now the Poroggos go around and hit adventurers with party-wiping magic.
*** Quadav are [[TurtlePower turtle]] beastmen who actually had a nice life and weren't very nasty. This all went to hell when Bastok started taking and destroying the Quadav's homes so that the Republic could get more resources. Now the Quadav attack anyone they see, defending their homes with extreme prejudice.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' have the Amalj'aa, a race of huge and burly black lizardmen that worship the primal, Ifrit, and they feed their god more power by kidnapping people and bringing them to him so he can [[BrainwashedAndCrazy temper]] them, effectively making them mindless slaves. While few in number, there are a handful of Amalj'aa that are not worshippers of Ifrit and actively fight against their own kin that do worship Ifrit.
* Any time {{Orochi}} shows up, and whatever form he takes, he's bound to be trouble. He seems to be attracted to {{Crisis Crossover}}s, as well. That's not to say that's all he shows up in...
* Far more often than not, when they're not player-controlled, the [[LizardFolk Sakkra]] are usually quite ready to attack others, in the ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' series. Not helped any by their tendency to have the "Repulsive" racial trait, which severely limits communication and gives a negative modifier to diplomatic relations. You can't live with them, and if you slacked off on building a big fleet you can't kill them.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Contra}} ReBirth'' your enemies this time are the Neo Salamander Army trying to take over the Earth in the past and wipe out the Contra forces retroactively. But it isn't universal thanks to Plissken, one of the unlockable allies in your game who's a blue Salamander and [[spoiler:is also Colonel Salamander, the leader of the entire army who changed his evil ways and joined Contra to do good, or for revenge.]]
* Terumi Yuuki, from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': His drive is called "Ouroboros" and for the most part, is a set of snake-like chains that are thrown around to drastically increase his mobility [[spoiler: which is also capable of inducing MindRape]]. His finishing move involves summoning a giant snake to consume the opponent.
* ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'':
** This game features an enemy group called the Snakes, based in Mercy Island. Unlike most enemy groups (which are at least humanoid), the Snakes are anthropomorphic snakes who worship a deity called Stheno and wish to reclaim Mercy Island for themselves. Arachnos ends up using them as a test for new Destined Ones to see if they really have what it takes to be a supervillain. They tend to view these Snakes more as pests than anything else...
** ...Until you get to Operative Grillo's story arc in Grandville. You know those low level Snakes you stomped on as a newbie? [[spoiler:Snakes not only have a racial name (The S'lisur,) they're also descended from an Incarnate, which makes ''every single S'lisur'' partially an Incarnate. As in "Physical Embodiment of a ''God''" incarnate. And that Incarnate is ''still alive''. And she's ''PISSED'' that you've been killing her kids.]]
** Stheno is named after one of Medusa's unpleasant sisters in GreekMythology.
* Played back and forth in the ''{{Everquest}}'' series. In the original, the reptilian Iksar are evil, but the amphibian Frogloks can be either good or evil. In ''Everquest II'', the evil Frogloks have disappeared as a player character race, so they're now pure good, and the previously NPC Sarnak have become a PC Evil race... but the game also allows you to change from your starting alignment, so there are both good and evil Frogloks, Sarnak, and Iksar.
* ''AgeOfWonders'' has the Lizard Men and the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Draconians]]. Both are portrayed as savage and believing in survival of the fittest, but their morality is neutral rather than evil.
* While the Gorn in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' doesn't play this Trope straight, the ones in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' sure do, though it probably doesn't help that they've been conquered by the [[ProudWarriorRace Klingons]].
* An interesting example is the iguana owned by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot acrobat/assassin/thief]] Eve in the little known Arcade fighting game ''TheOutfoxies''. He doesn't really do much that's abhorrent (or much at all other than serve as comic relief) and is in fact something of a MoralityPet for his owner, who is a thief and assassin willing to do anything to fund her lavish lifestyle, which makes him sort of abhorrent by proximity, unfortunately. [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming He's absolutely adorable in her ending, though.]] ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has a stage named "[[MeaningfulName Reptilia]]". A ShiftingSandLand filled with snakes (which were cannon fodder) and horned lizards (which were [[InvincibleMinorMinion completely damn invincible]]). The boss: a giant horned lizard that would try to club Bug with its EpicFlail of a tongue. Thankfully, it was [[TacticalSuicideBoss stupid enough]] to cause boulders to roll into two [[BossArenaIdiocy conveniently-placed catapults]] on its arena.
* The krait in ''GuildWars2''. They've got fans hating their guts ''from the previews''. The fact that they nearly genocided the ActualPacifist [[UglyCute quaggan]][[note]]Almost, as they discovered that the reason quaggan survived so long is that they have a universal SuperPoweredEvilSide[[/note]] is just the ''start''.
* The ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'' series all feature rabbits as the heroes and turtles and lizards as the villains.
* The Reptids in ''TheLastStory'' serve as TheUsualAdversaries.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser,]] a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot dragon/turtle/ox thing.]] He's mostly reptilian, though.
* Averted in ''Drol'', where you rescue a pet lizard in the first stage and a pet crocodile in the second.
* In ''VideoGame/RiskOfRain'' The Lemurians are freaky Lizard Folk monsters who have quite a nasty bite. [[spoiler: Oddly enough, in the monster log, the survivor observes them to be quite peaceful, sapient and even cultured, fond of music in particular. Seems like whatever's stirring up a frenzy in the planetary wildlife and making it attack you didn't spare absolutely anything]].
* Some of the hidden object searches in the ''Princess Isabella'' series involve removing all of the "evil" objects from a tainted location. They tend to consist mostly of snakes, toads and spiders.
* The slithzerikai (or "sliths") in the VideoGame/{{Exile}}[=/=]VideoGame/{{Avernum}} series play with this in the very first game. When you are exiled to the underground realm, you're informed that one of the enemies that threatens the subterranean kingdom is this race of lizard-people, making it seem like the trope is in effect. However, later you find a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch town of sliths who do not follow the policies of the current leader, Sss-Thiss]]. It's Sss-Thiss who is responsible for the sliths turning warlike; before he came along, they were a peaceful people. In later games, the "darkling" sliths are a relative minority compared to the friendly ones; in fact, you can even make slith characters for your party.
* Zigzagged in the ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' series. The snake species of Pokemon, Seviper and Arbok, are both less than pleasant, based on their Pokedex descriptions. They're also commonly used by the villains in the games. However, you can also catch and train them for yourself. Notably, there are also a variety of other reptilian species of Pokemon, which can be used either by you or your opponents.
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* In ''{{Terinu}}''. The Galapados are gene-gineered reptile warriors designed to match humans for sheer agression.
* ''WTFComics'' is based on ''EverQuest'', so most of the reptilian Iksars are hostile. Straha Ironscale, one of the protagonists, is a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch rare exception]].
* In one arc of ''TheWotch'', Anne and Robin turn into a snake and dragon respectively through changing [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2005-03-25 the dimension they're in]].
* ''EerieCuties'' has twin lizard boy bullies. And a nice girl Brooke Lynn who as a Melusine is sometimes considered scary by other students. She [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/d/20090930.html uses]] this intentionally [[BullyHunter on said bullies]], but is mostly shy about it.
* Played straight in ''{{Goblins}}'' by Takn, a sadistic kobold.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/ProphecyOfTheCircle'': since the main story is told from the perspective of the (mammalian) tikedi race, their rival race of tekk is generally pictured as menacing, murderous beasts. But the tekk are as sapient as the tikedi, and the tikedi themselves are regularly organizing hunts for tekk. Furthermore, some of the chapters follow tekk characters [[SympatheticPOV showing them in a more sympathetic light]].
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* The horror story ''[[http://everything2.com/user/grundoon/writeups/We+don%2527t+make+good+wives?author=grundoon We don't make good wives]]'' explains why one should never [[ShapeshifterModeLock Mode Lock]] a shapeshifting snake woman, no matter how much of a CuteMonsterGirl you think she is.
* The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has not one, not two, not three, but ''four'' serpent-themed villain groups: the Serpent Society, the Viper Squad, the Venom Brotherhood, and finally the Cthonians, an ancient race of SnakePeople who predate humanity and want to bring back the rule of [[EldritchAbomination the Old Ones]].
* TVTropes refers to a certain type of villain as a SmugSnake. Not even this very wiki is immune to this trope!
* In a ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' webisode, one of the villains is a humanoid snake called [[http://heroeswiki.com/The_Constrictor the Constrictor]].
* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-682]], the "Hard-to-Kill Reptilian Creature." It's a giant NighInvulnerable lizard-monster that finds all life on Earth [[HumansThroughAlienEyes utterly repellant and horrifying]] and responds by [[OmnicidalManiac trying to make it]] ''[[OmnicidalManiac stop]]''.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell," features a seemingly nice, harmless turtle who turns out to be murderous named Sheldon.
* '''Extremely''' evident in ''TheGetAlongGang''. Some episodes had a turtle joining the Gang. The Cartoon Over-Analizations blog described him as "the Furry equivalent of a TokenMinority".
* ''GIJoe'''s BigBad enemy is a [[WesternTerrorists terrorist organization]] called Cobra.
* ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'' concerns an interplanetary war between the Toads and various mammalian species. In one episode, a guy named Al Negator tries to get a job on Bucky's ship. As he's a shifty-looking reptile, the crew is generally suspicious. But Captain Bucky O'Hare hires him on anyway, making a big point of mentioning how he trusted the gunner Deadeye Duck, despite him being a pirate with somewhat questionable morals (and [[MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate a duck]]). So it looks like a "beauty is on the inside" or "different doesn't mean bad" kind of Aesop... until ''Al betrays them'', steals classified info, and sabotages the ship! So is the [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop message]] "[[BeautyEqualsGoodness if they look evil, they are evil]]"?
* ''TheSwanPrincess'' had evil alligators, and a heroic turtle.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** In the ''TransformersHeadmasters'' episode "Rebellion on Planet Beest" (''sic''), the reptiles, amphibians, and fish on a planet of PettingZooPeople [[LesCollaborateurs side with the Decepticons]]. It's up to the mammals to form [[LaResistance a rebellion]].
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', as explained in the toy section.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'', Dr. Viper is an EvilutionaryBiologist villain and part snake. Everyone on that show is an anthropomorphic cat, and he's part ''plant'' too; he's then, what, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot quarter-human, quarter-cat, quarter-snake, quarter-plant]]?
* Usually played straight in ''ClassOfTheTitans'', except for the God of Harmony, who is a giant pink snake.
* Played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' two-parter episode ''For Whom the Bell Klangs'': the reptile Klang is trying to find a legendary superweapon and TakeOverTheWorld. To make him even more abhorrent, he is revealed to be, [[spoiler: not a crocodile/alligator as he appears, but a giant ''snake''. Shocking, considering that the rest of the population of the world are bipedal, anthropomorphic animals.]]
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
** Anthro alligator Leatherhead is a villain in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first cartoon]]; all other versions of the canon play him much more sympathetically, but he does tend to have a [[UnstoppableRage nasty temper control problem]] that can make him a threat even to his friends.
** And obviously, [=TMNT=] makes exceptions for certain "cute" reptiles, given the nature of its titular characters. Reptilian anthros are mostly good guys. The cartoon is a bit shakier about this as noted above. Then again, Leatherhead the alligator may be more a case of CarnivoresAreMean; not to get too graphic but a turtle's shell doesn't work so well against those jaws...
** ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' ([[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003]]): Two fused villains use a time scepter to transport the turtles in separate time periods for revenge. Leonardo is dropped in Miyamoto Usagi's universe and is attacked by two animal riders because of this trope. Leonardo himself invokes this trope when battling the ruthless Daimyo, Lord Hebi, a giant snake: "It's guys like you that give us honorable reptiles a bad name!"
** Krang, disembodied warlord from Dimension X used to follow this trope, as shown in the first series episode "Invasion of the Krangezoids"; when Krang clones himself, his clones soon start to grow their own bodies, showing that Krang's species is that of some kind of dinosaur-like alien.
* Baron Silas [[MeaningfulName Greenback]], ArchEnemy of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', is a toad with a penchant for {{greed}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' has Francisco the crocodile, a member of [[FunWithAcronyms DOOM]], and [[{{Shapeshifter}} The Chameleon]].
* As Spike the baby dragon succumbs to greed in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', his reptilian traits become more and more exaggerated and his cute aspects recede. And then he turns into a purple Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.
** It so happens that dragons are the only creatures that scare the animal loving Fluttershy.
*** While Fluttershy treats snakes like any other animal, Twilight Sparkle is deathly afraid of them.
** Inverted by [[TurtlePower Tank]] and [[TheComicallySerious Gummy]].
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had ComicBook/TheFlash attempt to stop the [[MineralMacGuffin Heart of Darkness]], a purple crystal that enclosed the vengeful spirits of an evil ancient race of {{snake people}} called the Ophidians who attempted to destroy humanity by possessing anyone who touched it. Also counts as DarkIsEvil as the Ophidians worshiped the moon and preferred the night over the light, which transfers over to the spirits' possession being broken through [[WeakenedbytheLight intense light]] and main attempt to destroy humanity by destroying the sun. Any herpetologist will tell you that since snakes are cold-blooded, they need warm environments to increase their metabolism as they can't regulate their own body heat. Cold environments like the sunless night would make them more sluggish.
* Averted a lot in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise as a whole, as many of the alien forms Ben can assume ([[FragileSpeedster XLR8]], [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Humongousaur]], [[TurtlePower Terraspin]] and Chamalien being the most notable examples). Plus, the other reptilian aliens or characters who show up rarely are evil: Helen Wheel (who is half [=XLR8=]'s species) is a heroine, Galapagus (who provided the sample for Terraspin) is a NiceGuy and TechnicalPacifist, and the guy whose Chamalien's sample comes from was an AntiVillain who attempted SuicideByCop. The only real evil reptilian characters so far in the franchise were [[SnakePeople Serpent]] and [[EvilOverlord Adwaita]], the latter being clearly implied to be a maniac in an otherwise peaceful specie.
* The BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'' is Croc, a crocodile/dinosaur [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix-and-Match Critter]]. His sidekicks are Frizard (frog/lizard) and Brat (dragon/boar).
* The original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' played this trope straight; Reptilians are bad, period. The reboot shakes things up; the Lizards have some pretty darn good reasons for hating the Cats.
* Used and subverted with Harry Slime in ''WesternAnimation/AvengerPenguins''. Mainly a creepy henchman, but not outright evil and has frequent attacks of wanting to be a good guy.
* Subverted in the 1960s Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon ''WesternAnimation/WallyGator''. Wally is pretty harmless and pleasant for an alligator.
* Discussed in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' where one of the [[VillainofTheWeek villains]] was a cobra named Fu-xi who was once a noble and brave warrior that defended others with his skills and fear-inducing venom. However, when he and his kind are persecuted by others out of fear and paranoia, he becomes hateful towards all "two-leggers" and tries to convince Viper (after saving her from some paranoid villagers who also attacked her for being a snake} to ally with him so they could take their revenge by infecting the valley with his enhanced venom and leave all non-snake kind in perpetual terror. Playing the FakeDefector, Viper leads Fu-xi along, pretending to be his apprentice until she is able to locate the venom and stop his plans from taking fruition. Afterwards, the once fearful village accepts her and treat her as a hero.
* Played straight with Delilah the monitor lizard from the 1995 ''WesternAnimation/{{Littlest Pet Shop|1995}}'' show, averted with Vinnie Terrio the gecko from [[WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012 the 2012 show]].
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