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Remember when you were taught their names from a picture book?

Woodland Creatures are a group of animals commonly associated with the forest. They are commonly used to symbolize the presence of [[MotherNatureFatherScience Mother Nature]]. Expect to find them on a clearing in TheLostWoods.

Although they are distinctly separate species, they will show great affection for each other and will rarely act or appear separately. Predators will be notably absent from the group, but [[NatureHero a human being accepted in is not unheard of]]. They tend to be very shy and easily startled, but if a character is [[FriendToAllLivingThings pure at heart, she will be allowed among them]], [[AllAnimalsAreDomesticated and they will even come to her aid]]. If they decide to take matters in their own hands then it will inevitably lead to a GaiasVengeance.

They usually appear to have to some degree a [[HiveMind shared consciousness]], or may be a part of [[GeniusLoci the forest's soul itself]].

The EgomaniacHunter and the CorruptCorporateExecutive will constantly be on their tail and [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters try to chase them away from their home]]. It will be required that a sympathetic human (usually [[KidsWildernessEpic a plucky kid]], a female [[AnimalWrongsGroup green activist]] and an initially cynical but ultimately friendly adult male) helps them.

How the CarnivoreConfusion is treated depends on the story: sometimes the two groups will make a truce [[HumansAreCthulhu against the common enemy]], sometimes the carnivores are shown to be mindlessly aggressive brutes, in which case playing them against the humans will be the best option.

If they are the focus of the story, they might be [[TalkingAnimal Talking Animals]] (with the suggestion that they are using an "[[AnimalTalk animal language]]" that each of them can understand).

Even if they have no acting role, they will make an appearance in stories with a GreenAesop.

If this trope is subverted, they will become the DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce.

The group will almost always contain the following animals:

* A [[{{Bambification}} Deer]]
* One Or Two [[BunnyTropes Rabbits]]
* A Flock Of Small Birds
* A Bunch Of Mice And Squirrels

with the additional talent of:

* The Mischievous Raccoon
* The [[TheOwlKnowingOne Wise Owl]]
* The Noble Badger
* The Flirty Skunk
* The Grumpy Hedgehog
* The [[TurtlePower Cool, But Slow, Turtle]]
* The Clever, Occasionally Villainous Fox.

See also: AnimalStereotypes
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* Homaged in Disney's ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', parodied in Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', played straight in every other Disney movie ever. (''Disney/SnowWhite'', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', and ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' being the top three biggest contenders.)
* The 1939 short ''WesternAnimation/PeaceOnEarth'', where woodland creatures inherit the Earth once humans kill themselves off.
* Any number of ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' shorts, [[WesternAnimation/HappyHarmonies as well]] [[WesternAnimation/ColorClassics as their imitators.]]
* Creator/TexAvery, who was definitely not a fan of this trope, plays with it in the short ''Little Tinker'', about a skunk looking for a mate and being constantly rejected.
** The first Screwy Squirrel cartoon, ''Screwball Squirrel'', seems like it's going to follow this trope at first with chirping birds, and a cute squirrel collecting nuts in a basket, until Screwy appears on the scene and beats up the cute squirrel.
* ''Film/OverTheHedge'', minus Verne and maybe a few others.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'', these inhabit the unicorn's forest at the beginning of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'' features a trio of woodland creatures (a woodmouse, a hedgehog and a mole) trying to find the cure for their young badger friend (a rare ''cute'' badger) after a truck carrying toxic gas crashes and poisons the forest.

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* The protagonists of the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series of books by Brian Jacques.
* Made reference to in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', where they pay Granny Weatherwax a visit - in this case ''with'' the predators in tow.
-->"I don't know what this spell is," she said. "But I'll tell you this for nothing - when it wears off, some of you little buggers had better get moving."
* The Bar-ba-loots, Swomee-swans and Hummingfish in Dr.Seuss' ''Literature/TheLorax''.

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* "All God's Critters got a place in the choir, some sing low and some sing higher..."

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* Done in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' for one comic. But of course, this being [[DeconstructorFleet the Far Side]], all the happy little woodland critters seem [[SlasherSmile a bit]] [[{{Yandere}} too happy]].
* In ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'',
** they accompany Pasquale and his grandmother on a nature walk.
** After Pasquale thinks his echo must be lonely when he's gone, we see the echo surrounded by creatures, and rainbows and other "good emotions" bits

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* Also featured in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' as a semi-joke ability.
* Seen in the end credits of ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''. Gee, would've been nice if they came out earlier, but nooo...
* The early installments of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' revolved around Sonic stopping Dr. Robotnik from using woodland creatures to power his 'badniks'.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** {{Subverted}} in the episode "Woodland Critter Christmas", where the woodland critters are trying to raise the AntiChrist.
** There are also those from Imagination Land, that [[BlackComedyRape rape]] and kill things.
* Semi-parodied in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' when one of the woodland critters accidentally becomes Bullet the Powerpuff Squirrel.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' joyfully slaughtered Clara's Woodland Creature crew.
* A bunch of woodland critters show up during a musical number in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. Notable, among their number includes a ''skunk''.
* In the ChristmasSpecial ''Christopher the Christmas Tree'', a group of woodland creatures take up residence in Christopher, making him feel not so bad about not being picked to be a Christmas tree. They include a deer, a raccoon, a rabbit, a squirrel, a chipmunk, a couple of mice, a couple of birds, a beaver, and yes, a flirty skunk. (And an owl, but he was there first.)
* The heroes of the '80s cartoon ''TheBluffers'' are a squirrel, a mouse, an owl, a fox, a bear, a snake, a porcupine, an eagle (though he looks more like a buzzard), and for some reason a goose. There are also two rabbits who get billing in the credits, but almost never show up in the actual show.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title says it all.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The timid character Fluttershy cares for all of the woodland creatures and has a house full of them.
** The ponies in general, with their whole "custodians of nature" schtick, deal with woodland creatures on a regular basis, especially when it's time to change the seasons (for example, they tell the animals when to hibernate and when to wake up). This is actually related to one of the things that scares the ponies about the Everfree Forest; forget the fact that it's home to dangerous mythological beasts, ''perfectly ordinary woodland creatures go about their woodland business without the ponies telling them to!'' It ain't right!
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheWorldOfDavidTheGnome'' revolved around David helping local woodland creatures.

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