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There's something about deer.

Perhaps it's because they are the most common large animal one is likely to run into if one goes out in the wild in many places[[note]][[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/Deer_range.png Here]] is a map indicating their natural habitat[[/note]]. Perhaps the buck's antlers reminds us of a king's crown. Perhaps it's just because they were (and still are in many places) a staple of humanity's diet in the Northern Hemisphere and therefore became a key figure in folklore (CarnivoreConfusion is nothing new). In any case, in older fiction, deer are often employed as a symbol of nature in general and forests in specific. All well and good.

In much of ''today's'' fiction, however, something got [[{{Flanderization}} seriously lost in the translation]]. Somehow, deer became symbols of innocence and all that is pretty and sweet in nature. Therefore, if you want to show [[KickTheDog the death of something innocent]] to [[GreenAesop make some sort of point or other]], you kill a deer. The examples of this trope speak for themselves (see below) and it has gotten to the point where it can barely be taken seriously; this trope is a rich vein of {{Narm}}.

The {{Trope Namer|s}} (unrelated to the term used by some critics of vegetarianism to describe [[StrawCharacter how they see]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute the vegetarians' philosophy]]) is a [[{{Fictionary}} term]] used offhand to criticize this trope in Douglas Coupland's novel ''Generation X''. What's especially bizarre is the fact that ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' is often accused of spreading the idea that "deer are innocent". If you feel this way, ''please'' go and watch the movie again. In actuality, the film does not shy away from the "Deer can be Bastards and, Really, Sometimes You Can't Blame Them" / "NatureIsNotNice" world of Felix Salten's original novel (which, needless to say, is a bit closer to reality). Bambi himself [[TookALevelInBadass goes from]] cute little fawn to Badass Prince who kicks (antlers, rather) butt for [[ThePowerOfLove love]].

For an older tradition where deer are mysterious and magical creatures, see TheMarvelousDeer. One notable exception to this trope is moose, which are more likely to be portrayed as [[MooseAreIdiots bumbling buffoons]].

As far as how this trope has affected RealLife... let's... not even go there. We don't want this to turn into [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike Complaining About Hoofed Mammals You Don't Like]].

Deer are a menace when cars are in use. They're "edge animals," suited to environments where forests transition into grassland, like suburbia; they also can't gauge the speed of anything going over 40 miles an hour, ''but they think they can''. And, they have no particular fear of cars. Between these three factors, deer kill more people than any other large land animal: all those traffic accidents add up. (Drive carefully, especially in the evening and at night.)

If deer happen to give you problems in your backyard, there are [[http://newfs.org/publications-and-resources/barring-bambi.html easy ways]] to thwart them; in particular, plant sage and onions, which they don't like the taste of. (Onions will also teach squirrels not to go digging for your tulip bulbs.) Alternatively, install TheThingThatGoesDoink. [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle The more you know!]]

See also ChildrenAreInnocent, HumansAreTheRealMonsters, InfantImmortality and WhatMeasureIsANonCute.



[[folder: Played Straight]]
* The supervillain who [[TakingYouWithMe fought]] Franchise/{{Superman}} [[DisneyDeath to the death]], Doomsday, pets a doe and then [[MoralEventHorizon snaps her neck]] when he first appears. For his next trick, he lets a little sparrow land in his hand - and crushes her.
* DependingOnTheWriter, the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk is quite fond of deer. He even calls them Bambi! One memorable issue had him stumble upon some hunters killing deer, and he reacted [[UnstoppableRage pretty much exactly how you'd expect him to.]]
-->'''Hulk''': ''Men killed Bambi's mother!''

* ''Film/{{Starman}}''
* ''Film/{{Powder}}''
* ''SimonBirch'', where the deer in question is actually Simon's dead mother. Or something. [[{{Narm}} Whatever.]]
* Naturally, the 1989 Christmas film ''Film/{{Prancer}}'' is '''all''' over this.
* William Blake in Creator/JimJarmusch's film ''Film/DeadMan'' grieves over the remains of a dead baby deer, which was shot by one of his pursuers. The scene echoes a previous scene where an [[StuffedIntoTheFridge innocent woman was killed]] by someone trying to kill him.
* ''Film/MyDogSkip'' - Willie (Frankie Muniz) touches a dying innocent deer in shock before being forced to look away when the hunters finish off with the killing blow.
* Used in the movie ''Film/{{Commando}}'', in which Schwarzenneger's character spends quality time with his daughter... and at some point, they are seen petting a friggin' ''deer'' in the woods.
* A scene in ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' has Hogarth and the Giant come across a deer. The deer gets spooked by a random noise and walks off, only to be shot by hunters. Cue the {{red eyes|TakeWarning}}. It's actually done rather well to show the Giant's first inkling of others' mortality.
* In the 1936 production of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', Juliet (played by Norma Shearer) has a pet fawn just to emphasize her innocence.

* In more fantastic stories, unicorns are used instead of deer. Case in point, ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
** There is an excellent Creator/JaneYolen short story, "De Natura Unicorni", that plays this variation absolutely straight until the climax - and it works.
** ''Harry Potter'' also has this with actual deer -- James Potter's Animagus form was a stag, which symbolically makes his wife Lily the doe, and they both [[HeroicSacrifice died at Voldemort's hands trying to save Harry]] (Lily, specifically, chose to die despite having the clear choice to save herself, and her sacrifice put ThePowerOfLove on Harry as a magical protection against Voldemort). Later, Harry's Patronus (a CareBearStare spell to counter the EmotionBomb effect of Dementors) manifests as a stag, representing James, and [[spoiler:Snape]]'s turns out to be a doe, representing Lily. Although the books also play the stag as a symbol of arrogance (there's a reason it's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold James']] Animagus form), and it is stated it's an animal so big and strong that can physically restrain a transformed ''werewolf''.
* Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's novel ''Literature/TheYearling'': Jody's killing of his pet deer signifies the end of innocence.
* ''Literature/TheStand''- Most likely, this is what was intended with Randall Flagg killing the doe with his magic--plus the fact that most animals die when they get too close to him.
* In ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin,'' a large stag is [[BigGood Dagda]]'s default animal form ([[BigBad Rhita Gawr]]'s is a boar). Later books also feature the [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent deer people]], who can change between human and deer form. ([[HumansAreTheRealMonsters And of course humans kill them a lot]].)

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/SpinCity'', Mike refuses to kill a fawn to score political points with a political contributor who's big on hunting. Mike's attempt at "missing" ends up killing the mother, though. Just to drive the point home, the hunter shows a sort of sadistic glee at the fact that the fawn will no longer have a mother, ''while they're eating meat made from her''.
** It does, however, lead to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when they take the wounded fawn into a hospital. Carter fills out a form for it.
-->'''Carter:''' Relationship to patient. Oh, that's easy - ''assassin!''\\
'''Mike:''' Yeah? Well, I may have killed him - but ''you ate his mother''!
** Of course, this turns into research failure for actual hunters watching, as either they were poaching or live in a previously-unknown area where it's legal to hunt in early spring. Even game ranches won't send people out to shoot deer in spring and summer, which is the only time the fawns are with their mothers. Most deer hunters won't kill fawns anyway due to the simple fact that fawns have too little meat on them to make killing them worthwhile.
* Shows up in ''Series/SportsNight'' when Jeremy is traumatized on a deer hunt with executives. Isaac rightly tells him he should have voiced his objections sooner.
* Similarly, in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Willow pets a fawn in a green garden... before slitting its throat to use its blood as a spell ingredient in order to resurrect Buffy. One of the first clues to the wrongness of said resurrection and the dark path Willow's on. It's specifically noted to be "blood of the innocent" or some such.
* Linderman saves a deer in one of the ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' [[AllThereInTheManual online comics]]. Maybe a direct reference to ''Starman''.
** Likewise, in a later comic, Arthur Petrelli takes his two sons out hunting. You win no prizes for guessing Peter's reaction to his daddy's order to shoot at a buck.
* ''Series/BeastMaster'' - The beast master finds an injured doe and takes care of it in his shack until it's healthy enough to move again. The group of men who trash the shack and kill the deer is meant to show how much bastards they are.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', Carl stops and walks to a buck because it is literally ''the most beautiful thing'' he has seen since the ZombieApocalypse began. [[spoiler: A hunter shoots the deer and the bullet hits him by accident]].
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', a minor character has a quiet moment with a deer. Then [[spoiler: it runs away and Tony brutally garrotes him.]]
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}''. In "[[Recap/MerlinS04E11TheHuntersHeart The Hunter's Heart]]" episode, Gwen turns into a deer and is about to get killed by one of the episode twice, though it isn't the villains who do it. The whole innocence part is probably still there though.

* The second expansion of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' features Bambina, Mother of Bambina, Flora, and Thudder. Occasionally an NPC will shoot the mother and cheer, at which point Bambina takes several levels in badass and slaughters the NPC mercilessly. Players can watch this unfold repeatedly.

* In Music/FranzSchubert's {{wangst}}y song cycle ''Die schöne Müllerin'' (''The Beautiful Girl of the Mill''), the protagonist keeps a little doe, and he accuses the manly, bristly hunter, whom he imagines to be his romantic rival, for frightening it.
* In Music/RiloKiley's "Accidntel Deth" (sic) from the album ''Execution of All Things'' contains the verse "the story your father told you long ago/He was hunting with his own father/for deer, he pointed and spotted her/and then tripped over some roots or some dead trees/The gun went off, It was a mistake/And my father was only eight/And as he watched the dying deer he was changed/Cause he felt sorry for what he'd done/And he put down his gun."

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' in which Bambi himself is a summon. When you first summon him, he appears amidst a cloud of flowers and butterflies, then proceeds to prance around the battle field dropping gratuitous amounts of MP bubbles. So, in the end, it ends up {{subverted|Trope}} as cute little Bambi gives you enough fuel to spam the hell out of your magic fire, ice, and lighting attacks.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Deerling is clearly a case of this. Its evolution, Sawsbuck, isn't.
* ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon The Legend of the Mystical Ninja]]'' inflicts monetary penalties on players for attacking deer. This doesn't prevent deer from attacking players.

* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Gaston sings in his VillainSong, "I use antlers in all of my decorating!" Judging by the state of his trophy room, that's a lot of [[KickTheDog dead deer]].
** Some of the animators on that movie even said they were trying to imply that Gaston was the one who killed Bambi's mother. She appears in the opening shot in the movie as well.
** Hilariously, because deer shed their antlers yearly, even an incredibly lousy hunter could decorate with antlers just by walking around the forest and picking them up. His boast becomes much less impressive that way. Check out the giant arches made of deer and elk antlers at the corners of the town square in Jackson, Wyoming.
*** And Judge Doom from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' was meant, in earlier drafts, to also be revealed as Bambi's mother's killer. They decided this pushed him too far over the MoralEventHorizon, especially given what he'd done so far in the film (that poor little sneaker...); it also created FridgeLogic, since the movie worked on the idea of AnimatedActors.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', during a camping trip gone wrong, Mac makes a trap to catch a deer, so they could eat it to survive. After seeing the deer, however, he chickens out.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' - A group of low level thugs testing out high powered weapons from Apokolips get tired blowing up the trees and try to aim at a running deer. Then Superman appears, blocks off the shot and proceeds to kick their collective asses.

* In Brazil, this trope goes on another level, with the deer's delicate nature making the animal a symbol of homosexuality. Even naming a city after the animal, "Veado", became an UnfortunateName leading to a BilingualBonus renaming ("Guaçuí", deer in an indigenous language). Bambi itself became a pejorative name for [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cgr3ZlJe3YU/Ti30rvqYYKI/AAAAAAAAAcc/j9ED6IgJFK0/s1600/bambi-sao-paulo.jpg São Paulo Futebol Clube]] ([[http://cruzdesavoia.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/bambi.jpg even making an unfortunate appearance on British news...]]).
* {{Sanrio}}'s own [[https://www.sanrio.com/character/2000/deery-lou Deery Lou]] firmly adheres to this trope.

[[folder: Notable Parodies]]
[[AC: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* While not exactly a parody, there is that scene in ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' where Miki gets mobbed by tame deer…
* In one episode of ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Tsukasa tries hand-feeding a deer, only to have another deer show up. She feeds that deer too. And then a couple ''more'' deer walk up to her...and surround her. Uh oh. Then, a huge buck (with a [[GoodScarsEvilScars large scar over one eye]], no less) walks up and ''roars'', scaring her. The deer chase Tsukasa down, tackling her to get at the food, and she is left covered in deer saliva and droppings. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BsWBqWBhV0 Yeesh.]] This can actually happen quite frequently in Nara, making it a case of TruthInTelevision.


* ''Film/DetectiveDee'' has deer used as a divine oracle for talking about the future. [[spoiler: It's all a trick and Dee gets his ASS KICKED by a bunch of them.]]
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'' - Makes fun of the bambification trope in a very dark way. On the run from an insane, racist Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, the duo finds themselves in the woods in Alabama. They encounter an adorable deer and start petting it... right before it suddenly gets shot in the head, spraying guts and blood on the horrified men, by a sophisticated redneck hunter. He then slits its throat and stuffs the body messily into a a sack. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmE2xhYQTNs All of it for comedy, of course!]]
** It's also averted when they note that the deer isn't "like those asshole deer in New Jersey."
* Despite seemingly playing it completely straight, ''Film/TheRingTwo'' features a herd of demonically-possessed deer. It's somewhat implied that, since horses were driven mad by Samara's uncontrollable PsychicPowers (and indeed, a horse broke out of its trailer and drowned itself at the mere presence of a Cursed Video victim [[spoiler:who had already cured herself]],) deer respond to the malevolent influence not by trying to kill themselves, but by killing the ''offender''. The car was almost totaled by their attack.
%%* Parodied to hell and back in ''Film/TommyBoy''.

* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. "You've read the book. You've seen the film. Now eat the cast." (Under a game butcher's display of rabbits in the window)

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* There's a famous segment from the 90's caught-on-camera show ''When Animals Attack'' of a hunter being ''brutally'' attacked by a white-tailed deer after spraying elk urine on himself during rutting season. At one point he even tried to climb a tree to get away, only for the deer to jump up and knock him right out of it. He survived, but the video spent several years as fodder for stand-up comedians.

* In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', where Ford Prefect's ability to control his pheromones causes everything to become peaceful, and a deer even walks right up to him. And he breaks its neck.

[[AC: {{Music}}]]
* The music video for "No One Knows" by Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge has the band hunted, jacklighted, and stuffed by deer hunters. As in ''actual deer who are out hunting''.
* Somewhat alluded to in the video for Fall Out Boy's "Sugar We're Going Down" (if Faun counts as an extension of Deer).

* Done in a ([[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence surprisingly graphic]]) ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip.
** And at least one ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip.
*** "Bummer of a birthmark, Hal"
* Satirical magazine ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' attracted outrage for a cartoon at a time when the British public's sympathies were aroused by a dying giraffe in a zoo. The drama as to whether the creature would live went on for several weeks. The Eye ran a cartoon showing a butcher's shop outside the zoo gates with a sign in the window saying "Just in! Giraffe steaks!" you satirise the British public's love for animals at your peril.

* The "gentle, angelic woodland critter" cliche gets taken down ''hard'' in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL9xCWphV8s this [NSFW] clip]] from Creator/LouisCK.

* Seeing as its heroine is a [[PettingZooPeople Wolf-Woman]], ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' naturally [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00227.htm took this one on.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Bobwhite}}'', Lewis starts to tell about the hunting trip that was his worst Christmas ever, and [[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20091217 Ivy]] [[LampshadeHanging accurately predicts]] that Lewis shot an animal and felt terrible about it afterwards. (When Lewis shoots a deer, his dad even says it's "just like Bambi's mom!") As it turns out, Lewis has a near-supernatural ability to shoot animals [[AccidentalAimingSkills without even trying]].

[[AC: WebOriginal]]
* There's [[http://deer-s-revenge.software.informer.com/ Deer's Revenge,]] also a parody of the ''Franchise/DeerHunter'' series that also swaps the roles of predator and prey.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* "WesternAnimation/BambiMeetsGodzilla".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VujzyznQ4eE "Son of Bambi meets Godzilla."]] That is all.
* ''WesternAnimation/LifeWithLouie'' has Andy's war story, in which a branch of soldiers has been attacked and battered by a herd of deer.
-->'''Andy:''' Sometimes a deer comes to you, and run away. Sometimes deer comes, and doesn't run away. Sometimes deer comes, stares into your eyes and kick you right in the knuckle. So don't tell me about Bambi and don't left his cute eyes fool you. Deers are bastards!?
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** There are reindeer who start off cute, then (understandably) turn vicious when Homer and company try to hunt them.
** In another episode, deer growl and show their sharp teeth to Lisa, but when a park ranger arrives they act cute.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' turns Captain Hero loose on nature with semi-automatic weapons. Inevitably, Bambi shows up on the doorstep with his dead mother's body in his... er... [[FeatherFingers arms]] and tearfully begs Captain Hero to stop. This display moves the housemates to drop their guard, whereupon Bambi lets loose a herd of vengeful deer on them. When the deer attack is routed, Bambi cries out [[spoiler: "Come back! I killed my own MOTHER for this!"]]
* Creator/TexAvery subverted the "fawns are innocent and helpless" trope in some of his early ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'', such as having them swig moonshine or talk in a gruff voice when begging for food. And all this years before Disney's ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' came out! In one of Avery's MGM cartoons, "Field and Scream", the protagonist goes hunting for deer. At the end there's a long line of hunters with their trophies strap to their hoods... except for Our Hero, who is strapped to the hood of a deer's car.
* There is a fawn amongst the "Woodland Christmas Critters" on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. The critters are trying to give birth to the anti-Christ.
* Oh so, so averted in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "No One Can Hear You", where a deer with human hands (known as a Freak Deer) masquerading as an ordinary deer was not only responsible for kidnapping the entire population of the Candy Kingdom and imprisoning them in the sewer for two weeks with its spit so it can lick them, but broke Finn's legs and kicked Jake in the head, making him temporarily go crazy.
* Also averted in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', where a freaky deer-man hybrid attempted to kill Mordecai and Rigby and their girlfriends when they trespassed in his forest.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "Bumbie's Mom" has Slappy Squirrel taking her nephew Skippy to see a parody of ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' that plays up this trope; so much so that even [[DeadpanSnarker Slappy]] turns to the camera and remarks "Life is good." Of course, this is to heighten the trauma of [[TearJerker what comes later]]...

[[folder: Other uses of this trope]]
[[AC: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'': The forest god initially takes the form of a large male deer (well, something like one anyway, with tridactyl feet, ten times more antlers than normal deer, and [[UncannyValley a more human-looking face]])... [[spoiler:before its head was shot off and it turns into a mass that starts swallowing the entire forest to get its head back]].
* Ryu risks his life to save a deer in a later episode of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', and in doing so helps a gruffer than usual Joe remember his own softer side.

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* A majestic elk summons the Sprite in the "Firebird Suite" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''.

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* The White Stag from the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books.
** Which was probably derived from the British legends of the White Stag or White Hart. Follow it through the forest and (if you can keep up) it will lead you to your heart's desire (or occasionally a vision of Christ).
* Aside from the example mentioned briefly above, ''Literature/HarryPotter'' actually uses this quite well beginning in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]''. There is a Stag who has a particular significance to Harry. [[spoiler:James Potter's Animagus form, as mentioned above, was stag and Harry's Dementor-expelling Patronus takes this form as well.]] We'd almost say this counts as an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion: when the deer shows up, it means the ''villains'' are about to get slaughtered. There is also the case of the silver doe in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', which is [[spoiler:''Snape'''s Patronus]].
* There are also apparently legends of Myth/{{Merlin}} turning into a stag, either normal colored or white. It appears in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' and the kids' ''Literature/TheMagicTreeHouse'' series.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' novel ''Literature/LordOfTheClans'', Thrall comes upon a deer who isn't afraid of him, specifically because he's so close to nature. He kills it, and thanks its spirit for its sacrifice.
** Similarly, in ''RiseOfTheHorde'', Thrall's father's first kill is a [[CallARabbitASmeerp space deer]] that separates itself from the rest of its herd. [[spoiler:This is foreshadowing of sorts: Durotan is one of the relatively few orcs to resist demonic corruption, and that choice eventually gets him killed.]]
** Similarly, any story in which deer = food. ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', ''Anime/WolfsRain'', a quick but nice little scene in TheFilmOfTheBook for ''Literature/TheIndianInTheCupboard'', etc.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe,'' the Pevensie children (now kings and queens) are hunting the White Stag - presumably not to kill it - which will grant wishes.
* Herne, the god of the hunt, has deer's horns, as according to ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising''.
* Definitely averted with the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Perytons]] from Creator/JorgeLuisBorges's ''Literature/BookOfImaginaryBeings,'' an AlwaysChaoticEvil race of winged deer. They are refugees from Atlantis who cast a human shadow until they kill one. Only then do they cast their own shadow. They were later used by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.

[[AC: LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' features a recurring shaman character who claims to be the forest god Herne; he wears the head of a deer as a cowl.
* Although not as old as some others, the Deer Zord of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' is a good example (by extension, the same applies for its source material, ''Gaoranger.'') He has something of a "peaceful healer" thing going for him. However, on the other hand, he has been shown to take out an Org completely on his own, implying he's one of the more Badass of the Wildzords, and also shown at times to be something of an asshole, refusing to help the rangers until Princess Shayla sang to him.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} on ''Series/{{Angel}},'' sort of: the BigBad, a [[AmoralAttorney demonic law firm]] called Wolfram and Hart, is revealed to be this dimensions's modern incarnation of the Wolf, Ram and ''Hart,'' some sort of evil force which (according to [[PhysicalGod Illyria]]) is older than human history.

[[AC: {{Mythology}}]]
* The demon Furfur described in the ''Literature/ArsGoetia'' is a weird example. In spite of being a demon, he has the form of an [[LightIsNotGood angelic white stag]], and creates love, but is still a liar and, well a ''demon''.
* Myth/AztecMythology applies [[BondCreature nagual]] to most of its deities, and yes, one has a deer; Itzpapalotl, goddess of among other things, motherhood and the stars. So, straight example, right? [[SubvertedTrope Haha]], [[HumanoidAbomination no]]. The other things she's a goddess of are war, death, and the same [[LightIsNotGood stars]] she's a queen of regularly try to eat the sun during an eclipse so they can invade Earth. Part of the whole HumanSacrifice thing was to keep the Obsidian Butterfly ''far, far away''.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* Flame Stag from ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'', a badass flaming brawler robot stag who's [[LightningBruiser fast and painful]] and utilizes {{wall jump}}s, {{fireballs}} and a MeteorMove.
* ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'' plays with this with the Deer of Reign. While they're pampered and fussed over as pets by their elves, they are depicted as just as capable in a fight as the other ungulates of Fśnum.

[[AC: WebOriginal]]
* The leader of TheWildHunt (aptly called "the Hunter") in ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'' wears a deer-skull mask with red eyes, [[RuleOfScary explicitly to terrify his victims.]] Turns UpToEleven as he uses an ''Irish Elk'' skull to hunt Alima Song--the Irish Elk is a prehistoric relative of modern deer, known for its massive size and equally gigantic ten-foot antlers. He uses his mask [[UseYourHead as a weapon to gore his opponents.]] Later on, Maidin the river-spirit muses that the Hunter must be [[TestosteronePoisoning testosterone-poisoned]] from wearing the skull all the time, which means it's an extremely masculine symbol. Later, it's officially confirmed that the Hunter is the ''Horned'' Hunter of Myth/CelticMythology, and the AnthropomorphicPersonification of ''predators.'' NatureIsNotNice in full force. Ironically enough, Alima gets taken under the protection of the bear-goddess Artio, who is [[ThePollyanna friendly and cheerful]] despite embodying an ''actual'' predator. (Probably because she's the UrExample of a MamaBear.)
** The Fianna are a positive version, being minor gods of [[ComboPlatterPowers deer and policemen.]] They wear brown suits and give people deer-antler whistles to call them for help. While noted for being [[BoisterousBruiser energetic]] and comedic, [[SuperStrength two of them can lift a car]] and at least one of them is [[TheBerserker a berserker]].