I Am Not Weasel

Mulan: My ancestors sent a little lizard to help me?
Mushu: Hey, dragon, dragon! Not lizard. I don't do that tongue thing. (does that tongue thing)
Mulan

A Talking Animal (or at least someone who looks like one) is constantly mistaken for another species as a Running Gag. Often, it can be their Berserk Button, particularly if they consider it a Fantastic Slur. This trope often leads to Insistent Terminology or Have I Mentioned I Am a Dwarf Today?.

The Trope Namer is Cow and Chicken spinoff I Am Weasel. Not to be confused with I Am Not Shazam. Contrast this trope with its inversion, Ass in a Lion Skin, for when an animal wants to be taken for another species.

See Mistaken Nationality when it is happening with humans for ethnicities or nationalities, or Accidental Misnaming when dealing with proper names, or I Am Not Spock when dealing with actors and their characters. If it's the viewers that are confusing a character's species, then that's Viewer Species Confusion.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • InuYasha:
    • In the episode "The Mysterious, Lecherous Monk" , Inu-Yasha and Miroku persist in referring to a weasel demon as a "raccoon dog" (tanuki) even when he tries to remind them that "I'm a weasel, dang it!" This despite the fact that one of Miroku's oldest friends (and frequent accomplices) is a tanuki, so you'd think he'd know the difference.
    • It's also a Running Gag that Shippo is constantly mistaken for a tanuki, leading to him saying "I'm a kitsune!" (i.e. a fox).
    • From a different episode:
      Villagers: Are you in league with that cat demon? (they mean Kirara)
      Inuyasha: Who're you calling a cat demon?!
    • In another episode, the gang have to fight a tribe of panther demons. Much to them, and their more human like leaders' anger, the main characters often call them cat demons.
      Shippo: It's the cat demons from the west!
      Tora: Huh? cat demons? My friend and I are panther demons. Don't lump us with ordinary cats or you'll make us angry.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Zafira gets this every so often, even from his long-time allies. Technically, he takes the form of a small dog while on Earth, having been convinced by Arf that it's less intimidating than his wolf form. He also prefers to be called a "guardian beast" rather than a "familiar" (an even finer distinction, which Fate's wolf familiar Arf claims to be different only in terminology).
    Vita: I'm jealous of Zafira, it's so convenient being a dog...
    Zafira: ... I'm a wolf.
    • Yuuno often appears in weasel form, and is occasionally taken for a familiar. In reality, he's a shapeshifting mage.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Half-Dog Demon Kotarô usually prefers to call himself a lone wolf.
    • Chamo, from the same series, is an ermine. Negima!? combines this trope with Running Gag and Insistent Terminology when the girls of class 3-A refer to him as a rat.
  • One Piece's Tony Tony Chopper is frequently mistaken for a tanuki/raccoon-dog in his hybrid form and a yeti (at least once) in human form. His real form is that of a reindeer. Franky has also referred to him as a "Gorilla" and even "Gorilla-Deer" when he realized he was a Devil Fruit user.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Neo Spacian Aqua Dolphin is called a fish by Judai, and replies that he is a mammal.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Xiao May is thought to be a cat by everyone in Amestris, but she's really a tiny panda bear. Note that the Chinese word for panda literally means "bear-cat".
  • Shadows of Spawn — a manga adaptation of Todd McFarlen's Spawn. Ken Kurosawa (who is the series' Spawn) encounters an intelligent wolf spawn named Mangler, whom he often mistakes for a dog.
  • A running gag in Doraemon: when someone first meets him, they think he's a tanuki. This makes Doraemon really mad since he's a robotic cat without ears.
  • Fritz the Bitter Goblin in the Duel Masters dub gets very upset when he's called a squirrel.
  • Happens to Misty in the dub of Pokémon's first season, when a kid raised by Kangaskhan mistakes her for a Pokemon, much to her chagrin (in the Japanese version, he asked about her breasts).
  • Like Zafira above, Val of Fairy Musketeers would like to remind us that he's a wolf, not a dog. (Even if the domestic dog is still genetically a clear canis lupus, that is, a wolf.)
  • Belbel in There, Beyond the Beyond is a magician who looks suspiciously like a rabbit, and gets mad when compared to one.
  • In Digimon Savers, Masaru's little sister calls Gaomon a dog, prompting him to point out "Would a dog wear boxing gloves?"
  • Space Dandy's Meow is very insistent on being called a Betelgeusian, and not a space cat. His catlike mannerisms don't exactly help his case.
  • Onegai My Melody, Baku the tapir is constantly mistaken for an eggplant, since he's purple.

    Comic Books 
  • B'dg in the Green Lantern comics is often called a talking squirrel. To be fair, that is exactly what he looks like.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Even though it's in his name, do not refer to Rocket Raccoon as a raccoon — doing so will make him show you his gun collection... the bad way.

    Fan Works 
  • Many Maleficent fanfics use "crow" as Berserk Button for Diaval (who is a raven).
  • Turnabout Storm:
    • Phoenix calls Twilight a "talking horse" shortly after first seeing her. She is quick to correct him (doubling as a small Comically Missing the Point moment from Phoenix's perspective).
      Twilight Sparkle: Excuse me! I am not a horse, I happen to be a pony.
      Phoenix Wright: OH! Okay! A talking PONY, that explains everything!
    • Another instance, this time directed at Phoenix. Fluttershy, as her name implies, does not speak to anyone she doesn't know personally (preferring the company of animals), but immediately opens up to him upon learning his first name and assuming that that was his species.
    • He also mistook Rainbow Dash with an earth pony in another opportunity; she didn't take that one lightly.
      Rainbow Dash: What the hay are you talking about!? I'm not an earth pony; I'm a pegasus!
  • In My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return, Spike is still a baby dragon but looks more like an iguana except for his coloring. He protests vehemently being called an iguana, though, despite the fact he can only do so through his Psychic Link with Twilight since he's too young to talk.
  • In The Vow — a Kung Fu Panda fanfic —, Jade is a dhole, but can be easily mistaken for a fox or a jackal. Upon first meeting her, Zhan the Wolf Boss confuses her for a jackal and nearly starts beating her due to the deep animosity between wolves and jackals before she corrects him.

    Films — Animation 
  • Zigzagged. Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective is a "big mouse", but call him a rat and you're dead meat. Presumably he is a rat but hates being called that due to the connotations.
  • In Rise of the Guardians, Jack Frost insults the Easter Rabbit by calling him "the Easter kangaroo". (Bit of a Lampshade Hanging here, since Bunnymund is played by Hugh Jackman, who amps up the Australian accent.)
  • Over the Hedge features a turtle who corrects anyone who call him an amphibian. It also features a pest exterminator with a freakishly strong sense of smell:
    Pest exterminator: (sniff) raccoon, squirrel, two opossums, skunk, amphibian—
    Vern: (under his breath) — reptile.
    Pest exterminator: (sniffs again) No... reptile.
  • Mulan:
    • There is some confusion when Mulan meets Mushu for the first time, hence the page quote. He's just not the size you'd expect for a dragon.
    • Mushu himself calls Mulan's horse a cow until the Darkest Hour, where he accuses him of really being a sheep.
  • Call Pumbaa from The Lion King a pig only if you're in a real hurry to die. Simba and Timon can get away with it, though.
  • Tangled: Flynn keeps referring to Rapunzel's chameleon sidekick Pascal as a frog. Probably deliberately to annoy / insult Pascal, since Flynn really doesn't like him at first and is trying to get rid of Rapunzel and Pascal.
  • At one point in Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, Fred attempts to bullfight a lion. At first he shouts, "Toro, toro!" which causes the lion to look around in confusion, as if to say "Bull? Where?". Fred thinks for a moment, then shouts, "Leo, leo!"note 
  • Elsa the Pterodactyl from We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story apparently hates being referred to as a bat but she's okay with being referred to as a dinosaur.
  • Lampwick from Pinocchio refers to Jiminy Cricket as a beetle just right before he turns into a donkey.
    "You mean to tell me you take orders from a grasshopper?"
  • In Toy Story of Terror!, on the manager's board of toys to sell, Mr. Pricklepants, a hedgehog, is labeled as a "German beaver." Trixie, a Triceratops, is labeled as a "Stegosaurus."
  • Zootopia: Subtly done when a cheetah protester is told to "Go back to the forest!", but replies that she's from the savanna. Presumably, the bigot meant the rainforest, in which case he's mistaken her for a jaguar.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Lord of the Rings: Never call an Ent a "tree". Mocked by the Rifftrax of The Two Towers movie.
    "TreeBeard some call me."
    "Well then, why did you get so upset when we called you by half your name?!"
Though this is only the case in the movie; it never comes up in the book. Still, it probably makes sense — most shepards wouldn't like being called "sheep", even if their name is Mr. Sheep-Herd.
  • From the MST3K take on Eegah!:
    Roxy: I didn't say it was a monster! It's a giant!
    Crow: There's a big difference!
  • Planet of the Apes:
    • Krull from Tim Burton's version of Planet of the Apes (2001) seriously dislikes being called a "monkey":
      Krull: Monkeys are further down the evolutionary ladder... just above humans!
    • This also pops up in Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Cornelius tells the commission not to call him and Zira monkeys because it's offensive to them.
  • Obviously played for laughs in Caddyshack when the gopher steals Rodney Dangerfield's golfball as he's trying to sink a putt.
    Al: That kangaroo stole my ball!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora repeatedly calls Rocket the Raccoon a rodent, though about all a raccoon and a rat have in common is that they're placental mammals; raccoons are in the same order as dogs and cats. Humans are more closely related to rodents.
  • The Eddie Murphy Dr. Dolittle has a Running Gag with Dolittle referring to his daughter Maya's pet guinea pig, Rodney, as a "rat" or a "guinea rat."
    Dr. Dolittle: Whatever; they're both rodents. I'll find your rodent; I'll put down some of that sticky paper for him.
    Maya: No, not that!
    Dr. Dolittle: It'll be fine; you peel him right off it, and he'll live.

    Literature 
  • In the sixth Artemis Fowl book, Opal consistently mistakes the lemur for a monkey, to which Artemis always responds that it's a lemur. This becomes a plot point at the end, when Artemis switches the lemur for a stuffed monkey when Opal isn't looking. On the bright side, she finally says "lemur."
  • In the Redwall books by Brian Jacques, the heroic and generally weapon-ready hares absolutely cannot stand being referred to as rabbits. (Rabbits in the Redwall world tend to be quiet and passive.)
  • Discworld:
  • In one scene in Wolf Speaker, Daine is telepathically communicating with Tkaa, who then passes on her message to Numair, while riding in the mind of a marmot named Quickmunch. Later on in the conversation, Daine informs Numair that if he keeps on incorrectly identifying Quickmunch's species, the marmot will bite him.
  • In the first Percy Jackson book, Percy meets the Greek-mythological dragon known as Echidna. He mentions the Australian mammal called the echidna, which was named after the mythological dragon. Echidna is irked by this comparison; she always hated having a small anteater named after her.
  • In one United Kingdom Sonic the Hedgehog book, an imaginary creature (long story) refers to Sonic and Tails to Sonic as "you and your ilk". Tails replies indignantly, "I'm a fox, not an ilk." The fault is Tails', though, as "ilk" is an infrequently used term used similar to "kind" used to describe similar cohorts. The creature was merely referring to Sonic and Tails as both being real animals.
  • In the Myth Adventures series, people from the dimension Perv are Pervects, not Perverts, and don't you forget it.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the rodent-like Chadra-Fans are sometimes mistaken for Ranats. Ranats, for their part, have been mistaken for womp rats — an especially grievous insult, since womp rats are not sentient and Ranats themselves are (falsely) considered to be only semi-sentient.
  • In Storyteller, Loquastro, the mynah bird get mistaken for a crow by several characters, to his chagrin.
  • In the Apprentice Adept books, the unicorn Clip explains that black or brown unicorns are considered inferior because they look like a horse, and it is even worse if you actually compare them to a horse. Unicorns don't always enjoy knowing that their ancestors are horses, and Clip points out that it's just like how humans don't always enjoy knowing that their ancestors are apes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Doctor Who, several species of aliens resent being described as looking like Earth animals (or, in the case of the Sontarans, boiled potatoes).
    • The Vinvocci resemble cacti, but object being referred to as such by the jubilant Wilf (and the Doctor, who actually is just correcting Wilf's grammar after Wilf calls them "cactuses"), calling the choice of terminology "racist". They also dislike being mistaken for Zocci, who look similar to them but are short and red instead of tall and green.
    • The Abzorbaloff resents Rose mistaking it for a Raxacoricofallapatorian.
    • The Doctor can get a bit tetchy when people tell him he looks human.
      Amy: You look human.
      Eleventh Doctor: No, you look Time Lord. We came first.
  • Occurs with human John Crichton in Farscape. Due to being pretty much physically identical (at least externally), he is often mistaken for a Sebacean, which is unfortunate since they're mostly bad guys.
  • Data, on Star Trek: The Next Generation, would occasionally correct people that he is an android, not a robot.
  • A Running Gag in Pixelface is that visitors to the console, such as Alexia's parent, keeping thinking that Rex is somebody's pet; usually mistaking him for some kind of dog.

    Music 
  • In 1968, the band Canned Heat teamed up with Alvin and the Chipmunks to do a version of the Chipmunk Song ("Christmas Don't Be Late"). The intro to the song was Bob "The Bear" Hite barging into the Chipmunks' recording session as it was Canned Heat's turn to use the studio, and asking somebody to "get those mice out of here", drawing protests from the insulted chipmunks.
  • Flanders and Swann's The Gnu Song has two references to g-nus (that's the way they say it in the song) objecting to being confused with "similar" animals like bison, okapis and hartebeests. One even threatens to sue.

    Radio 
  • In the ZBS Foundation series Ruby: Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe, rat-faced alien Rodant Kapoor has to constantly correct pronunciation of his name. ("Not rodent, Rodant!")

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show:
    • In the episode with ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, his dummy Charlie McCarthy sees Kermit the Frog and tells Bergen, "Call the janitor, there's a toad loose in the stage." Kermit corrects him, explaining that "frogs are handsome, debonair and charming, while toads are ugly and give you warts." McCarthy then backtracks himself: "I guess the toad is supposed to be here."
    • The King from the Muppets' rendition of "The Frog Prince" kept making the same mistake about Kermit's little nephew Robin.
  • From Muppets Tonight, Pepe is constantly telling people that he's a king prawn, not a shrimp.
  • Also from The Muppets, there is the Running Gag surrounding Gonzo the Great and his indetermined species. He's been called an alien, a "Whatever", a "Weirdo", a "Thing", etc.
    Kermit: [Gonzo looks] a little like a turkey. Yeah, a little like a turkey, but not much.
    • Though he does strongly resemble a Russian insectivore called a "desman".
  • On Sesame Street, Snuffy gets upset whenever he is mistaken for an elephant, to the point where he once sang a whole song about it. After the song, an elephant reveals that a lot of people have mistaken him for a snuffleupagus.

    Video Games 
  • Upon creating a Holy Dragon in Disgaea 3, it'll take a moment to inform your other characters, that despite looking like a dog, it's indeed a dragon, after which it says "woof".
  • Buzz Buzz, an insect of indeterminate species who provides much of the exposition early on in EarthBound, introduces himself thus: "A bee I am... not..." Shortly afterward, Lardna Minch mistakes him for a dung beetle and squishes him.
  • In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, it's common knowledge that nobody ever should call a Bangaa (the reptilian humanoid race of Ivalice) a lizard; that is, common knowledge to everyone but the protagonist, who crashlanded in the world almost immediately before. Said innocent confusion instead leads to Marche almost getting, one would expect, killed. Likewise, upon their first prolonged meeting, Marche confuses Montblanc, a Moogle, for a stuffed animal...
    • The sequel has a Shout-Out where Montblanc manages to prevent Luso from making the same mistake. Luso knew they were Bangaa, but he didn't know how far his insult would hit or his frustration with the Bangaa in-question caused him to speak without thinking.
  • Jak and Daxter:
    • Daxter has been referred to as everything from a muse (sparky yellow cat-things) to a muskrat, though he asserts he is, in fact, an ottsel. In an inversion of the trope name, though, he is, in the most literal sense, a weasel: an ottsel is an otter/weasel hybrid, which are both members of the family Mustelidae.
    • Played straight in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, where Clank from Ratchet & Clank calls Daxter a weasel creature. This seems to be Daxter's Berserk Button, as it is what eventually leads to Jak and Ratchet battling.
      Clank: Did that... weasel... creature just call me a "sidekick?"
      Daxter: WEASEL CREATURE?
      Jak: Maybe it's time someone taught you some manners! (Daxter hands Jak his gun, as Ratchet draws his Omniwrench)
  • Max of Jay's Journey refers to Atolla, a man turned into a lion, as a "talking kitty" throughout the game. Mind, Max has his own issues, but an NPC makes the same mistake, referring to Atolla as a "calico", to Jay's utter bewilderment.
  • The Wind Fish in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening reminds you that it is neither wind nor fish when you finally meet it.
  • In The Lost Vikings II, the vikings are joined by a werewolf, Fang; it's a Running Gag after he joins the group to have the vikings mistake his species (or at least make horrible animal puns in his presence).
  • Lunar:
  • In Sonic and the Secret Rings, the Djinn Erazor repeatedly calls Sonic a "blue rat", even when he was sucked back inside of his lamp for the rest of eternity. And each time he did, Sonic repeatedly reminded him that he was a hedgehog, and not a rat. Sonic got the last word in that argument.
  • In the Nintendo DS RPG The World Ends with You, Shiki sewed herself a stuffed cat named "Mr. Mew", and she gets extremely angry when Neku (repeatedly) mistakes it for a pig. "Go, Mr. Mew!" "Get 'em, piggy!"
  • In Sam & Max Hit the Road, a fisherman catches a giant fish:
    Fisherman: Holy mackerel!
    Fish: I'm a trout, stupid! note 
    Fisherman: Holy trout!
  • In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, the main characters are accompanied by a Centurion (a spirit-creature) named Tenebrae, who has a vaguely lupine appearence. When the party runs into Collette, a hero of the previous game, she promptly starts referring to Tenebrae as a "doggie", much to his annoyance. When he requests a name more appropriate of his power and dignity, he is instead titled "Mr. Doggie."
  • Yuuki Terumi of BlazBlue fame is prone to doing this as per his politically incorrect nature. In some instances, he calls the wolflike Valkenhayn house-dog names (Fido and Old Yeller, for example), and at the end of her CS Arcade run he calls Makoto a chipmunk. This is just the tip of his Fantastic Racism, mind you...

    Web Comics 
  • The species of Exploitation Now's Ralph is a Running Gag in the strip. Whatever people guess, he denies with indignation. (He looks most like a no-name-brand Moogle.)
  • In Fletcher Apts, the main character Bob, a hamster who is rather ambiguous-looking, is mistaken for different rodents (a squirrel here and a rat here) and produces a rant about it, which no-one pays attention to.
  • George Fennec, from Kevin & Kell, is often thought to be a rabbit. (A fennec is a type of fox with huge ears.)
  • In Freefall, Florence Ambrose, a red wolf, get almost invariably mistaken for a dog on first contact.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, the title character is often mistaken for a pile of dung.
  • Rappy, an Otter, from Rappy The River Otter is often confused for a weasel.

    Web Original 
  • We Are Our Avatars:
    • Kyon once mistook Silver for, of all things, a parrot. Later Hohenheim mistakes him for a parakeet. And mind reading Pikadevil revealed that he believes that he is a hen. His being mistaken for a bird has become a Running Gag. And then the Lost Vikings came along, and mistook him for a platypus, a duck, a swallow, a goat, a cow, and an elephant of all things and later on, he learns that he's 1/16th bird.
    • Klonoa's a Phantomillian; he's not a Mobian, he's not a rabbit, and not a nekomata.
  • In a Retsupurae video in which Chip Cheezum tackles an LP of Ōkami, the kid starts calling Amaterasu a...bunny. Chip then rages that Ammy is not a bunny, she's a dog. The original description read "IT'S A DOOOOOOOOG", but later "SHUT UP IT'S A WOLF" was added.
  • Played for horror in SCP-953. Under no circumstances should one ever confuse her for a Kitsune. She is a Kumiho. Despite her loathing of being confused for her distant, less homicidal kin, however, she happily exploits the confusion. It makes enthralling her victims easier.
  • Super Mario Logan
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (featured prominently in the "Mario and Bowser's Stupid and Crazy Adventure" story arc) does not like being called a cat.
    • The Crocodile in the episode, "Bowser Junior's Broccoli Problem!" hates being called an alligator. When Junior, Joseph, and Cody kept mistaking him for an alligator, he had to show them the differences between an alligator and a crocodile just to prove he was a crocodile.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared dabbles in this in the third episode. Duck Guy refers to both a butterfly and a maggot as "pesky bee[s]". The Yellow Guy refers to Shrignold as "A little baby pigeon", despite him clearly being a butterfly.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • Flame Princess mistakes Finn for a water elemental when she notices tears coming from his eyes.
    • Happens again in "Up a Tree", when a chipmunk mistakes him for a squirrel.
  • Cow and Chicken and it's spinoff/Trope Namer, I Am Weasel:
    • Cow is often called by the Red Guy various hoofed mammals like a moose, a horse, or an antelope while Chicken was called other farm birds a turkey or a duck.
    • Weasel was often mistaken by other characters (particularly the Red Guy) as various kinds of small furry animals like a squirrel, a gerbil, or a hamster, while Baboon was mistaken for various other kinds of primates like a gorilla or an orangutan.
  • Looney Tunes has some examples:
    • Some of the myriad Looney Tunes shorts featured Henery Hawk, an angry chicken-hawk who would violently react whenever anyone called him otherwise.
    • The black-and-white cat that Pepe LePew would always "romance". He constantly thinks she is a skunk.
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • Daffy thinks Speedy Gonzales is a rat.
    • In the same show, Mac and Tosh occasionally get mistaken for squirrels, to which they respond in deadpan unison, "We're gophers."
    • In "Year of the Duck", Lola thought that Daffy was a crow and thought ducks were beavers and thought Porky was a seal.
  • Kaeloo: A Running Gag is to have somebody call Olaf a penguin instead of an emperor penguin.
  • Dr. Qwark, of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, is constantly being mistaken for a duck, despite being human. "I'm not a duck!"
  • The Angry Beavers are constantly mistaken for weasels. Or, more commonly, for "pointy bird things". It's not surprising at all — even for a kid's show, they don't look remotely like beavers except their tails.
  • In the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Out of Scale", "Ratso" Ratskiwatski sends his two thugs out for squirrels for his daughter. They pick up Chip and Dale. None of the humans can tell the difference, and call them squirrels throughout, each time corrected with a "[We're] chipmunks!" from one or both of them. Not that they ever pick up on this...
    • Worth noticing is how Hilarious in Hindsight it is because in most non-english-speaking countries, there is no word for chipmunk (since in those countries there are no chipmunks period), and Chip and Dale are called squirrels in comics and cartoons. In Rescue Rangers, they replaced the gag by having other people call them "mice" and their angry answer being "WE ARE SQUIRRELS!".
  • Fang from Dave the Barbarian is always being mistaken for a monkey. She even is delighted that when she meets her idol, he calls her a human. (Even after him doubting for a second.)
  • Possibly the example to beat all others goes to Rufus of Kim Possible, a naked mole rat. Various characters assume him to be a gerbil, bald mouse, nude rat, and mutant vermin. And in one case, an alien genetic experiment.
  • Doctor Hamsterviel of Lilo & Stitch: The Series is frequently mistaken for a gerbil or other small rodent, insisting that he is, in fact "hamster-like". Though he really does look considerably more like a gerbil/rabbit hybrid than a hamster.
  • Mighty Max:
    • Virgil is constantly referred to as a chicken. ("Fowl, actually.") Which makes it even more confusing since Virgil has revealed more than once that his race is in fact the next evolutionary stage of mankind. So somehow humans managed to evolve from bipedal primates into a class whose fossil record indicates they should have evolved from therapod dinosaurs? Eh, my brain hurts.
    • There was also an episode with Beetle Brow with a running gag of "Bug." "Beetle." "Whatever!"
  • Pinky and the Brain are mice, not rats.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
  • The Simpsons:
    • In one episode, Bart and Lisa are rescued by a clan of hillbillies. The patriarch claims that he married a bear and started a family with it after wandering away from a school excursion. His (human) wife keeps loudly insisting that "I ain't a bear!" He's so convinced that he responds to everything she says with "Raar raar raar! No one understands you, she-bear!"
    • Grampa Simpson misidentifies family dog Santa's Litte Helper, walking across the room wearing a cone collar, as the lamp trying to escape.
      Grampa: (chasing SLH in another episode) That raccoon stole my lamb chop!
  • Not quite animal, but Larry the Cucumber of VeggieTales is often mistaken for a pickle, which bothers him.
  • In the first episode of Xiaolin Showdown, Raimundo refers to Dojo (who is a small dragon) as a gecko. Dojo is... not pleased, and shapeshifts into his larger form to intimidate him. This may be a reference to the Mulan example.
  • Done with much humor in one of the episodes of Disney's The Legend of Tarzan, where a greedy scientist catches a supernatural silver gorilla with healing abilities. Much to his annoyance he repeatedly has to remind his henchman that it is an ape, and not a "giant monkey".
  • SpongeBob SquarePants. This has happened to Sandy Cheeks a few times, especially in the episode "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy", where townsfolk mistake a naked Sandy for a ferret and even a goat among other things.
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Ickis is rather insistent that he is not a bunny.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • Ren is constantly referred to as other animals like a rat, a weasel, and even, most commonly, a mosquito and he angrily corrects then that he's a chihuahua.
      Ren: I'm an Asthma-Hound Chihuahua!
    • Also, Stimpy himself is mistaken for a dog by his two-episode-lasting owner George Liquor. Even after Stimpy corrects him, he still insists otherwise.
      Stimpy: I'm a cat.
      George Liquor: Atta boy, Rex.
  • A Kids' WB! promo for Channel Umptee-3 had Jim Cummings mistakenly identifying Ogden the Ostrich as a chicken.
    Ogden: [points to Chicken Boo] See? Chicken! [points to himself] Not a chicken!
    Cummings: Well, ya do look like a chicken...
    Ogden: Do not!
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Another not-animal but not human so it probably counts: fairies don't like being confused with Pixies and vice-versa.
    • Lawn gnomes also hate being confused for Pixies, to the point where they wrote a rap about it.
  • A running gag in the original Spider-Man cartoon involved the bad guy of the week refer to Spider-Man as an insect, at which point Spidey angrily yells, "Spiders are not insects! They're arachnids!!!"
  • In one episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), an irate New Yorker named Vic tries to make money from a video he took of the turtles fighting, and throughout the episode he kept referring to them as "Kung-Fu Frogs".
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures, animal lover Elmyra Duff mistook Dizzy Devil (a tasmanian devil) for a dog and Fifi La Fume (a skunk) for a cat. The latter even had to remind her otherwise (though in the latter's case, Elmyra knew she was a skunk, but thought "skunk" meant "stinky kitty").
  • Heckle and Jeckle, billed on screen as "the talking magpies," are often mistaken to be crows.
  • In The Tick, Arthur's white moth costume, complete with long thick antennae, is confused for a rabbit.
  • In Littlest Pet Shop (2012), Russell the Hedgehog is constantly mistaken for a porcupine.
  • Mechanical example at the beginning of the Sonic Boom episode, "Circus of Plunders". When Sonic and his friends battle Dr. Eggman's Octopus Bot, they constantly confuse it for different eight-legged creatures, much to his annoyance. It even gets to the point where he starts doing it!
    Eggman: "Next time, study your cephalopods before we do battle!"
  • A Running Gag in WordGirl is that the titular heroine's monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, is often mistaken for other animals by people. He has been called a hedgehog, (flying) rabbit, dog, koala, rat, aardvark (in tights), ferret, otter, llama, a hairy kid, and many more.
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat had a woman mistake Felix for a squirrel and a raccoon in the episode "Black Magic Bag".


Alternative Title(s): Mistaken Species

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