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Common "Stock" Animal Gender Stereotypes Used Can Include:
- Alligators: Most likely male.
- Ants: More likely male, despite being made up mostly of females in Real Life.
- Baboons: Usually male
- Badgers: More likely to be male
- Bears: More likely male, despite being the inspiration for the Mama Bear trope.
- Bees: More likely male except for the queen, despite being made up mostly of females in Real Life.
- Boars: Usually Male; wild sows rarely exist in fiction, but when they do, they usually have several striped piglets following them.
- Butterflies: More likely to be female. Caterpillars are more likely to be male though; when they turn into butterflies, they are the few male butterflies in fiction.
- Cats: More likely to be female if the cat in question has all-white fur or is paired with an almost always male dog. Also usually seen as feminine in typical Japanese mythology. The "alley cat" tends to be portrayed as male though, so cartoons depicting cats hanging out by trash cans will likely depict them as male. The Cool Cat, Fat Cat, and orange cat are also more likely to be male. They are equally likely to be male or female otherwise. Any wild species except lions has a similar either male or female gender coding that domestic and feral cats have.
- Cattle: Can be either male (bull or steer/ox) or female (cow) depending on the needs of the story.
- Chickens: Can be either male (rooster) or female (hen) depending on the needs of the story.
- Chimpanzees: Usually male
- Crows: Most likely male
- Dogs: More likely male, especially when paired with an often female cat. Poodles and Salukis are usually female though.
- Donkeys and Mules: Usually male
- Elephants: Asian Elephants are usually male, as are elephants in works that don't tell and Asian elephant and an African Elephant apart. African Elephants can be either male or female, though there can be a slight male bias. Also, the leader of an elephant herd will almost always be male, despite that in real life male elephants are solitary and females lead the herd.
- Flamingos: More commonly female due to their pink coloring and "graceful" mannerisms.
- Foxes: Often female in Japanese works, but often male as a protagonist in Western works. Japanese folk tale fox tricksters are usually female. Equally likely to be male or female otherwise.
- Frogs: More likely to be male
- Giraffes: Often female, but can be male sometimes
- Goats: Most likely to be male
- Gorillas: Usually male, especially if only one shows up in a work of fiction. Females are usually only shown if a whole troop is shown.
- Hares: More likely male. Japanese hare tricksters are usually male.
- Hippos: Often female and playing as either a Big Beautiful Woman or a Fat Girl.
- Horse: Most likely to be male because stallions considered are badass, but ponies seem to be an exception (see the whole My Little Pony franchise).
- Humans: Can be either equally likely to be male or female or more likely to be male depending on the needs of the story.
- Kangaroos: More likely to be female. Joeys are more likely to be male though. If the kangaroo is male, it is also normally depicted with a pouch, which only females have.
- Ladybugs: Usually female.
- Lions: Usually male, thanks to the King of Beasts trope. Lionesses are usually only shown if a whole pride is shown.
- Mantises: Most likely to be male; if you see a female mantis, expect her to be a Black Widow.
- Mice: Can be either male or female.
- Monkeys: More likely to be male.
- Mongooses: Most likely to be male.
- Mosquitoes: More likely male, despite the fact that in Real Life, only females suck blood.
- Moths: Can be either male or female
- Ostriches: Usually female, even if they are depicted with the male's black and white plumage.
- Otters: More likely to be male
- Owls: Eared owls are more likely to be male, while barn owls are more likely to be female.
- Peafowl: Usually female, despite being usually depicted with the peacock's blue and green feathers and train as well.
- Penguins: Usually male, especially when only one is shown.
- Pigs: More likely to be male.
- Rabbits: Can be either male or female.
- Raccoons: Almost exclusively depicted as male, likely because the raccoon tropes of thievery and sneakiness are considered male-only tropes, unless the character is a tomboy. Most situations where female raccoons are depicted are if they are a female relative to a male protagonist. This despite the fact that in real life, female raccoons are just as common as male ones, and may be more commonly seen around in urban areas, since a female raccoon is more likely to be raiding the garbage, in order to get food for her kits. Similarly, on the rare occasion there's a raccoon attack, it's usually caused by someone angering a pregnant female raccoon (dogs are similarly aggressive when pregnant).
- Ravens: Usually male, even though "Raven" as a name is more commonly a female name.
- Rhinos: Usually male
- Sheep: Can be either male or female. Often depicted as female if they are supposed to be lambs.
- Skunks: Can be either male or female or slightly more likely to be female.
- Snakes: Can be either male or female
- Spiders: Often female, but can be male sometimes
- Squirrels: Either male or female.
- Toads: Usually male.
- Turkeys: Usually male.
- Walruses: Usually male because its whiskers resemble a moustache.
- Wolves: Usually seen as masculine in typical Japanese mythology.
Notable Examples, Subversions, and Exceptions:
- Madagascar has Alex the male lion, Marty the male zebra, and Gloria the female hippo. However, Melman is a male giraffe.
- Kung Fu Panda is a near-perfect example, with a male panda bear, a female tiger, female snake, male monkey, and male mantis.
- The sequel subverts this with the Soothsayer, a female goat.
- A Bug's Life has ants of both genders (although, naturally, the protagonist is male), as well as a female spider, male caterpillar, male mantis, and female butterfly. However, it also has a subversion in the form of Francis the male ladybug, who is constantly being mistaken for a girl.
- Tarzan shows gorillas in a troop. Unlike in most works with large groups of animals of a given species, the two most prominent members of the troop storywise, Terk and Kala, are female.
- Subverted with Frances The Badger, who is female as badgers are more likely to be male in fiction.
- Played straight in Meet the Feebles. On the male side, we have a walrus, a bulldog, a rat, a frog, a hedgehog, a worm, a warthog, a gray dog, some crabs, a fly, a human, an elephant, a fox, a whale, an aardvark, a hare, a weta, and a duck. On the female side, we have a hippo, two cats, two rabbits, a sheep, a chicken, a poodle, and a cow. There's also a Giant Spider, but it's unknown what gender it is.
- Subverted with Rhonda, the female walrus in one episode of The Penguins of Madagascar.
- Also subverted with two female badgers in one episode, two female baboons in another episode, and a female chimp in yet another episode.
- Also subverted with Marlene the female otter.
- Subverted with Jenny the female donkey in the Donald Duck cartoons, "Don Donald" and "The Village Smithy" because most cartoon donkeys and mules are male.
- Also subverted with Clementine, Peck's mule/donkey in Sheriff Callie's Wild West.
- Played straight with Magic, Eva's two henchdogs, and the dog palace guards being male and Princess Ava, her sister, Eva, and the cat palace guards being female, but subverted with the female crow in Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville.
- Besides a male cat as the main character, Cats Don't Dance is a near perfect example, with a male elephant, penguin, goat, and turtle, and a female hippo, cat, and fish.
- Inverted in an episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers has a female gorilla named Kookoo. She's an Expy of the Real Life female gorilla Koko, who was trained to use human sign language.
- A similar to the above inversion shows up in "Kiki's Kitten," an episode of Animaniacs, with the titular female gorilla antagonist.