!Species Morality Coding

Many predators (whether omnivorous or carnivorous) are usually pegged as bad, mean, or evil even though most are not especially mean or aggressive in RealLife. Most herbivores are pegged as good, friendly, or nice even though many large herbivorous mammals are especially mean and aggressive in RealLife.

Sometimes, there are differences with the species' moral coding across different cultures. For example, in Western cultures, ravens are generally portrayed negatively morality coding wise, but in Pacific Northwest Native American folklore, they are {{Guile Hero}}es.

Sometimes, some types of animals within a larger group of animals are portrayed either more negatively or more positively morality coding wise. For example, turtles and tortoises are pegged as good guys whereas other reptiles are generally pegged as bad guys. [[CreepyCrows Ravens and crows]] are technically songbirds, but unlike other songbirds, they are generally pegged as bad.

Sometimes, there are differences in the moral coding of a species across different time periods or locations. For the longest time, wolves were among the most demonized animal species, and in Europe this attitude still prevails. In North America, however, with its much larger tracts of wilderness, the wolf is viewed more positively. Also, sperm whales were generally pegged as bad guys in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but that portrayal of sperm whales has faded away as whaling became discredited. Before people knew that gorillas were gentle animals, they were generally cast as [[KillerGorilla pugnacious bad guys]].

Some animals are usually pegged as good despite the negative expressions and associations attributed to them. For example, skunks are usually portrayed as good despite being associated with sneakiness and the expression, "drunk as a skunk." Also, when a person is called a "dog," the label usually refers to their disloyalty, even though real dogs are loyal and fictional dogs are usually heroic or otherwise good.

With some animals that are often pegged as bad or evil, the young of the species doesn't normally follow the moral pegging often attributed to the species' adult form. For example, when humans are cast as bad guys, it is usually adults that are cast as such. Children can be cast as villains, but it's usually done as a subversion. Teens can be either/or in moral pegging. Also, adult cats are often cast as bad or mean, but kittens are usually not cast with that moral pegging. If a kitten is cast as evil, it's usually CuteIsEvil.


!!Species Morality Coding List
[[folder:Bad Guy Species]]
* [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile Alligators and especially Crocodiles]] (May double as PredatorsAreMean)
* [[BatOutOfHell Bats]]
* [[FeatheredFiend Birds]] in some cases
* [[BigCreepyCrawlies Bugs]]
* [[CreepyCrows Crows]] (though ravens are {{Guile Hero}}es in Pacific Northwest Native American folklore).
* [[MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate Ducks]]
* [[KillerGorilla Gorillas]] (traditionally, before TheNineties)
* [[HumansAreBastards Humans]] (Like it or not, we're nearly always the villains in stories about animals, though children and teens are often exceptions)
* [[TheHyena Hyenas]]
* [[MacabreMothMotif Moths]], when compared to butterflies.
* Parrots (though parrots are often portrayed as either good as well as nice, GoodIsNotNice, or [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With A Heart Of Gold]] as well)
* [[PredatorsAreMean Many Predators]]
* [[YouDirtyRat Rats]]
* [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Reptiles, especially Snakes]]
* [[ScaryScorpions Scorpions]]
* [[ThreateningShark Sharks]]
* Sperm Whales (in the 19th and early 20th centuries)
* [[SpidersAreScary Spiders]]
* Vultures
* [[WickedWeasel Weasels]] (ferrets aren't portrayed so negatively though)

[[folder:Good Guy Species]]
* Ants
* [[TheMarvelousDeer Deer]]
* [[HeroicDog Dogs]] ([[AngryGuardDog a few breeds]] are cast as bad guys though)
* [[HeroicDolphin Dolphins]]
* [[HonorableElephant Elephants]]
* [[GenialGiraffe Giraffes]]
* [[NiceMice Mice]], especially when paired with [[CatsAreMean villainous felines]] or [[YouDirtyRat rats]].
* [[PlayfulOtter Otters]]
* [[PrettyButterflies Butterflies]]
* Lions (if there is only one; they can be either/or if [[TheLionKing there's a whole pride]])
* Mongooses
* [[HerbivoresAreFriendly Most Herbivores]]
* [[PandaingToTheAudience Pandas]]
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Penguins]]
* Songbirds
* [[SwansASwimming Swans]]
* [[TurtlePower Turtles and Tortoises]], with the occasional exception of snapping turtles.
* [[SmellySkunk Skunk]] (Usually as Comic Relief)
* WoodlandCreatures

[[folder:Either/Or Species]]
* Bears
** [[BearsAreBadNews Bears can be bad]]
** [[BearyFunny Or they]] [[BearyFriendly can be good]]
* Bees
** Good Bees
** [[BeeAfraid Bad Bees]]
* Cats
** [[CatsAreMean Bad cats]]
** [[CuteKitten Good cats]]
* [[CunningLikeAFox Foxes]]
* Monkeys
** [[ManiacMonkeys Bad Monkeys]]
** [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Good Monkeys]]
* [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Octopuses and Squid]]
* Owls
** [[OminousOwl Bad Owls]]
** [[TheOwlKnowingOne Good Owls]]
* [[MessyPig Pigs]]
* Rabbits and Hares
** [[RighteousRabbit Good Rabbits and Hares]]
** [[HairRaisingHare Bad Rabbits and Hares]]
* Seals and Sea Lions
** SweetSeal
** MonstrousSeal
* Wolves
** SavageWolves
** NobleWolf
* Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons
** NobleBirdOfPrey
** FeatheredFiend
* Walruses
** WarmHeartedWalrus
** WilyWalrus
* [[PantheraAwesome Big cats]].
* Humans, cats, parrots, and ducks, as noted above, can be either/or as well.
* Alligators can be either/or, especially in children's books and preschool age children's TV shows.