This little piggy's gonna eat you!
Need to make piggies much more badass? Simple, add tusks.
Basically, pigs with tusks and a personality to match. While non-tusked swine are generally shown as greedy and somewhat messy
, boars are generally seen as their Ax-Crazy
cousins. Why? Basically, pig noses are awesome and adding Spikes of Villainy
should only make them even more awesome!
Wild Boars can be dangerous
and are quite capable of killing a man. Boar-spears were designed with specially shaped spear-heads to keep the animal at arms length because otherwise a boar could still kill you even after you'd stuck a spear through it, even if doing so involved it charging down the spear and goring itself in the process.
Even then, those spears were more commonly used by hunting nobility who were in it for sport, as traps were still much safer.
Wild boars have one of the worst reputations among wild ungulates. They are reputed to have a pleasure to kill humans, especially if you stumble upon a sow
with piglets. At least, this is what most people think about these animals. In Real Life
boars are not more dangerous than most other ungulates of similar size. If they are not provoked, they'll not charge you anymore; they do battle only for self-defense against their predators.
It's true, however, that sows might charge if they see their young menaced; but again, this is a common thing among wild mammals. Try to menace elk or deer fawns and you'll probably get a similar response. And nobody in Fictionland seems ever to consider that baby boars are among the cutest young mammals◊
, with their brightly colored stripes. Never mind boars are among the most intelligent ungulates in Real Life
, they are easily tamed if raised young and can be used in the same way as their domestic tusk-less descendants (like searching for truffles).
Boars make really one of the few exceptions, along with bulls, rhinos
and buffalo, of ungulates qualifying as bad guys
in pop-consciousness. The Celtic fantasy branch of Heroic Fantasy
, in particular, is prone to magical and very dangerous swine. See What Measure Is a Non-Cute?
Compare Pig Man
The name is Just for Pun
Anime and Manga
- Ryoga of Ranma ½ has faced wild boars on at least two occasions. His preferred tactic is stopping the rampaging pig in his tracks with the tip of his umbrella, then flip him up and away. Bystanders are always impressed.
- As well they should be: that boar was tossing plow trucks like they were pillows, and neither Ryouga nor his umbrella budged one inch.
- Sohma Kagura. Okay, so she isn't a boar, but she can turn into one.
- Bonnie and the other pigs owned by Ganju in Bleach
- The boar gods in Princess Mononoke, who unfortunately end up Dying Like Animals or succumbing to The Corruption.
- There's a small handful of pig Digimon, but the most noteworthy is Vikaralamon, a kaiju-sized boar who stomped all over Shinjuku in Digimon Tamers.
- Botan of CLANNAD averts the usual depiction of boars in media by proving that Everything's Cuter With Boars. Even when fully grown in After Story, he's still an adorable kindergarten pet. Gof! Gof!
- The Astérix series has boars, but they don't quite fit, primarily they are underpowered compared to the Gauls.
- The Boar in Rod Espinosa's classic The Courageous Princess. He's an aversion in that he's actually quite a nice guy. Gives muddy kisses though.
- The comics continuation of Gargoyles introduced Coco, a gargoyle from the London clan who resembled a wild sow and was a pretty tough fighter.
- The monstrous, child-eating boar that haunted the town of Doglick in Hellblazer
- The Transformers have Snarler, a Pretender Beast Decepticon whose Pretender shell and alternate mode are boars (with the alternate mode having drills for the snout and tusks). In the Beast Era we have Razorbeast, a noble Maximal with a warthog alternate mode who was sadly infected by evil Angolmois by the Blendtron Rartorata and became a feral berserker before being mercy-killed by his teammate Optimus Minor.
- The '80s B-movie Razorback features a giant boar which can literally run through houses and flip over cars.
- The recent Korean film Chaw is about a giant, mutant boar.
- So is the direct-to-video Pig Hunt, in which it's the mascot of a sicko cult.
- While not technically boars (or even Earth lifeforms), Gamorreans from Star Wars. They're pig-like enough and are very mean.
- The "aurochs" (for all that that name actually refers to prehistoric cattle) in Beasts Of The Southern Wild.
Mythology & Folklore
- The island from LOST is inhabited by wild boars, which are generally shown as being quite ferocious. They are one of the Lostaways' chief food staples before the DHARMA supplies are found, and hunter Locke uses Charlie as bait to catch one. In an early episode, Michael gets injured by one during a hunt.
- One stole Sawyer's tent. It may be the reincarnation of a man Sawyer killed.
- Animal Planet's Hogs Gone Wild and Pig Bomb are about the Real Life destructive threat posed by feral pigs. Hunters who work to remove the animals face genuine danger from their tusks, and put kevlar jackets on their hunting dogs to prevent injury.
- An episode of Call Of The Wildman had the protagonists travel to New Orleans to help capture wild hogs that were running loose in the suburbs, their tactic of live-animal capture being particularly effective over traditional pig-hunting methods which don't work within city limits.
- An episode of Discovery Channel's Sons Of Guns had the Red Jacket crew design a rifle specifically for taking down feral hogs; the thing fires a .458 SOCOM round that's almost half an inch across in order to penetrate the boar's armor-like bone structure.
- At least one episode of A&E's Billy The Exterminator involved the protagonists dealing with feral hogs damaging peoples' property.
- Older Than Feudalism: The Erymanthian Boar from the Twelve Labours of Hercules.
- The Calydonian Boar. In the Greek myth of Atalanta, Meleager brings Atalanta to hunt it. When she kills it, Meleager offers her its hide and asks her to marry him.
- In Norse Mythology, there is Hildesvini, which roughly translates to "Battle Swine", as Freya's mount whenever she's not using her cat-drawn chariot. Also Gullinbursti, the boar with golden mane (or, sometimes, hide made of gold) manufactured by dwarves for the god Freyr.
- Twrch Trwyth, the enormous boar from Welsh mythology. Culhwch from the prose romance Culhwch and Olwen is tasked to hunt the boar for the magical scissors, comb and razor hidden in its hide, and he completes the challenge with the help of King Arthur and his warriors.
- The Boar of Ben Bulben which killed Diarmuid Ua Duibhne in the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology.
- Varaha, an avatar of Vishnu, has the form of a large boar. He was credited with rescuing Prithvi (the Earth goddess) from the grasp of the demon Hiranyaksha.
- Japanese folklore has Inosasao (lit: Boar King of the Bamboo Grove), a huge boar whose back is covered in leaves. He was killed by a hunter and came back as a shapeshifting ghost in order to obtain his revenge, but those whom he asked for help refused to do so. So he turned into the giant Ippondatara demon, a gargantuan one-legged hog demon who ate travellers.
- From the folklore of Southern Sweden, we get the gloso ("glaring sow"), a ghost pig that runs on lonely country roads after dark. It tries to kill people using its literal razorback, running between your legs to split you in twain. It seems to not be the ghost of a pig, but a ghost which takes a pig's shape.
- The so-called "Bisterne Dragon", an unidentified livestock-killing beast that prowled the Avon valley in 1460, may have actually been one of southern England's last surviving wild boars. This ferocious animal was killed by Sir Maurice Berkeley, who died of infection from wounds suffered at the "dragon's" jaws, leaving no other witness to its real nature.
- Major, Wal's other dog in Footrot Flats, is a pig dog bred for hunting boar. The Dog, perhaps rightly, regards this as a sign that Major is crazy (but still secretly envies Major's toughness).
- Fantasy Tabletop RPGs sometimes have Wild Boars as possible opponents for player characters. Examples include Pendragon and Dungeons & Dragons.
- In the third edition of D&D, every boar has the Diehard feat which prevents it from falling unconscious when it's out of hit points; you have to keep going until it's dead dead (negative ten or so). This was also alluded to in the older editions of the game, which allowed boars to keep going for a few combat rounds even after their hitpoints went to zero. After that, or when they hit a certain negative number, they then died.
- Orcs in Warhammer often ride boars. Orks in 40k sometimes ride cyboars.
- Warhammer's Beastmen also have bad-tempered mutant boars called Tuskgors to pull their crude wooden chariots. Tuskgors combine all the bad-temperedness of a regular boar with ram horns, bony plates, extra fangs and the like. There are also giant versions of the Tuskgor called Razorgors, which are covered in spikes and perpetually furious at the world.
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse had Boar as a possible spirit for a pack totem. He was designed for packs of war.
- There were also wereboars, the Grondr, once upon a time; naturally enough, their half-human warform was a Pig Man. Notably, as every Changing Breed has a role in Gaia's design, their role was to clean up areas that had been tainted by the Wyrm. When the Garou began attacking the other Breeds in the War of Rage, the Grondr stood with the Gurahl werebears, and for their troubles the Garou slaughtered them to the last.
- Exalted gives us Isidoros, The Black Boar That Twists The Skies. Probably the least malevolent of the Yozis, he acts as the universe's upper limit of physical strength, and spends most of his time absentmindedly wandering around Malfeas trampling things and leaving hoofprints the size of city blocks.
- Orcs were frequently depicted in older editions of Dungeons & Dragons as being humanoid boars, when they weren't depicted as Pig Men. Wereboars are a straighter example, in that they're short-tempered and very violent, albeit not truly evil.
- And of course dire boars are a nightmare to low-level players, heck ordinary boars are pretty powerful for medium-sized animals too.
- In Age of Empires II, hunting wild boar takes several villagers so that they can kill it before it kills any of them. At least they are entirely passive unless provoked.
- Age of Mythology had the heroes Arkantos and Ajax being turned into boars by Circe, while the ordinary soldiers become regular pigs. Needless to say, they totally kick Circe’s minions’ asses.
- Bragi's Myth unit: a huge, metal boar capable of sending nearby enemies flying (see the mythology entry on Gullinbursti).
- Pey'J from Beyond Good & Evil, who is not only a badass fighter but also the head of La Résistance.
- Also a founder of the orphanage and an ingenious inventor.
- In Eternal Sonata, Frederic and Polka's first boss is a big boar that can land some severe attacks for that early in the game.
- In The Lord of the Rings Online the number of boars, and quests related to killing them, had become a bit of an in-joke among the players, and the developers are not above lampshading this. In the region of Evendim there's a quest that sends you to find some boars only to point out that there are no boars in this area. In Lothlórien, one questgiver who sends you to kill a number of boars, asks why the player character is rolling his eyes at the mention of the word "boar". Another quest sends you picking boar-droppings. There's even a boar related title: Killing a boar in every region of Eriador awards you the title "Pork-Chopper".
- In the German Gothic community, the sentence "Lass uns Wildschweine jagen!" (Let's go hunt some boars) has become some kind of a meme, because in the earlier patch versions of Gothic 3, boars were among the most deadly enemies one could face because of a broken game balance.
- Although the dreaded stunlock pretty much sums up why boars can be extremely dangerous when provoked.
- Some enemies (primarily the Bulbins) in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess have boars as mounts. If you don't know what you're doing, you could get boared to death. (The sister trope Pig Man is also quite popular in that series.)
- Also of note is Bigger Bad Ganon, who at one point takes the form of a giant boar and charges around the room, smashing everything in his path.
- Pokémon has the small Swinub, its evolution Piloswine, and its final evolution Mamoswine, which more closely resembles a small mammoth than a swine.
- Hellride Boarski, from Mega Man X 7, is a boar-model Reploid with a motorcycle-style alternate mode. He's also got a short temper, a lot of power, a styling mohawk, and is a member of Red Alert and the leader of a prominent street gang. One of his attacks is to ram into you at full speed and toss you into the air. In other words, yes, he's a road-hog.
- Boars are all over the Tales Series, where their signature move is to lift you up with their tusks like a forklift and then throw you over their backs. A large boar was also featured in the beginning of Tales of Phantasia, where hunting one caused the heroes not to be in town when it was burned down. When you return to the future, you can hunt them freely, and they usually come with several children that, if you can catch them before they flee, drop large amounts of Pork.
- MOTHER 3 had boars as enemies. One of them, called the Agitated Boar, has the description of "The look on his face growls, 'Calm boars don't deserve to be called boars!'"
- Warcraft 3 had both summonable boars and anthromorphised versions.
- Worldof Warcraft has tons of boars; it's actually possible to level from 1 to 70 killing nothing but various forms of wild swine. They also make good Hunter pets, if not the most stylish, with their high health and stun ability.
- The most extensive use of boars is in the Barrens, whre the Quillboars, the anthromorphic variant, train armored traditional boars and guard the body of their fallen boar god.
- Early Concept Art of the Worgen race before the Cataclysm expansion had their racial mount as massive boar...somethings.
- First boss Boarax from Legend of Kay.
- Brütal Legend has Razorfire Boars: half boar, half motorcycle, and their chrome skeletons make excellent laser guns.
- Nier has these as creatures you can hunt...and, if you complete a certain Sidequest, ride!
- The Ippondatara boss (see above under Mythology) appears in both his forms (Ogre and Boar) as a boss in Muramasa: The Demon Blade.
- In ''The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the player sometimes encounters wild boar in the countryside. Unlike their Real Life equivalents, they attack on sight rather than running away.
- In League of Legends the champion Sejuani rides a large boar, enabling her to charge into enemies.
- Guild Wars has a small population of Wild Boars, largely isolated to the Maguuma Jungle region. They're neutral unless injured by players and tameable, but not a common choice by rangers.
- The Wizards had Boars as the second level unit in Heroes of Might and Magic II. Not boar riders, just boars.
- The Bullfango and Bulldrome in the Monster Hunter series. They'll both charge you on sight with hardly a moment's worth of hesitation.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 gives us a wheeled boar enemy in the second episode that is actually named Fullboar.
- Dark Souls features Armored Boars guarding the Undead Parish and the Duke's Archives.
- Red Dead Redemption features wild boars that are much stealthier than their size would indicate and are surprisingly adept at ramming player characters off cliffs.
- El Goonish Shive's "Death Sentence" arc has a magically grown boar rampaging in a forest near Moperville.
- In Hero Oh Hero, the bandit leaders ride acid spitting boars. They're less impressive when defeated.
- The common wild boar is sometimes called a "Russian razorback" by hunters. Indeed, boar populations of central and southern Russia and Ukraine are among the largest, and hunting them is a long-standing national tradition. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is home to a particularly large population; nobody hunts them because of the radioactive meat, which caused a population explosion.
- Pigs and boars, particularly when cornered, can be very vicious.
- Peccaries are small and don't have external tusks, so they don't look menacing. Until they open their mouths◊, and you realise that there are around 20 of them together. They can drive jaguars off, and jaguars are strong animals that wrestle caimans and bite through skulls.
- Tourists who enjoy hiking in Germany, in deep woods rather than the Volksmarch trails, are advised on hearing the distinctly loud snort of a wild boar to immediately run up the nearest tree. If you value your life, there's really nothing else you can do. Make sure it's a sturdy one, because a persistent boar can uproot a leaner tree.
- The babirusa has particularly fancy-looking upper tusks that grow upward through the skull and curl backward, and can in rare cases eventually grow into the brain.
- Warthogs. Also, Warthogs.
- Boar hunting ("pigsticking") on horseback used to be a favorite sport for aristocrats and while it died out in Europe for lack of prey it hung on in India until comparatively recently.
- At one time during The Raj the Prince of Wales was riding out with an Indian Noble on a pigsticking expedition. The inexperienced prince got too close, whereupon the Indian (who was an old hand) said "I know you are Prince of Wales, and you know you are Prince of Wales, but that boar doesn't know you are Prince of Wales."
- An apparent problem in Southeast Asia according to this video. One attack is in Busan, South Korea and the other is in Ehime, Japan.
- The boar was the heraldric emblem of Richard III of England.
- Though not truly pigs, entelodonts must count for something.