Warm-Hearted Walrus

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Definitely nicer than the Eggman.note 

Walruses don't seem to have a clear-cut stereotype of their own. While it's usually agreed that walrus characters should be big, fat, and lazy, their moral standing tends to vary. While some works portray walruses as villains, this page is for walruses who are depicted more positively.

There are quite a few reasons why they are portrayed this way. Most notably, their big, blubbery appearance seems to indicate Big Fun, in the same vein as hippos and bears. It helps that Real Life walruses are far less dangerous to humans than those other animals are, preferring to slip away rather than attack when threatened.

Another factor in their portrayal as heroes may have something to do with the fact that they are related to seals, which are almost universally loved due to their cuteness and playfulness. Walruses may be seen in a similar way, albeit more placid and less energetic.

In works that do not aim for realism, Warm-Hearted Walruses tend to differ in physical appearance from real ones. For one thing, they may be portrayed as smaller and softer-looking, with much smoother skin. Their most notable features, the tusks, are much smaller and rounded than they would be in real life. Instead of a walrus' dull pinkish-brown skin, a friendly walrus is given a brighter, more lively color like blue or purple.

Compare Sweet Seal and Playful Otter. Contrast Wily Walrus. Unrelated to The Walrus Was Paul.


Examples:

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    Film - Animated 

    Film - Live-Action 
  • In Elf, a walrus is among the cutesy animated North Pole animals. He cries when Buddy leaves the North Pole, and has to be comforted by Arctic Puffin.

    Literature 
  • The children's book Walpole tells the story of the titular walrus, who is very warm-hearted, even turning down the position of leader (initially) because he wants to take care of orphaned walrus pups.

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    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing's Wendell is a friendly walrus who loves art, and travels far and wide selling his artwork. When he comes to the player's town, he is so worn out and hungry that he will gladly give you patterns (used to decorate clothes, walls, and other objects) in exchange for some food!
  • Banjo-Kazooie: In the first game, a walrus is among the things that Banjo can transform into. This transformation is necessary to interact with another walrus named Wozza, who is terrified of bears, and will panic and retreat if Banjo meets him as a bear. But Wozza is lonely, and only wants to be friends with another walrus, so if you meet him in walrus form, he'll invite you into his cave and give you items.
  • Downplayed in Rocket: Robot on Wheels. Although Whoopie the walrus is the mascot of an Amusement Park, and the game's Dude In Distress, he's more neutral than good. He doesn't really do anything helpful besides flop on top of the villain, Jojo, trapping him, which he didn't even mean to do. He's also shocked when Rocket becomes the new mascot, but to his credit, he seems more sad about it than angry or jealous.
  • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves has the walrus McSweeney, former Big Guy of Mr. Cooper (Sly's father)'s gang of Lovable Rogues.

    Web Original 
  • Zig-zagged with Lolrus, whose personality and appearance vary Depending on the Writer. In the original picture, he was portrayed as a lovable elephant seal obsessed with his favorite bucket (or as he calls it, "bukkit"). Whether or not a Lolrus picture is of an actual walrus, the character is still usually portrayed as a benevolent creature looking for bukkits. However, there are some pictures that portray him as being more violent, averting this trope.
  • In Vinesauce Tomodachi Life, Walrus the walrus is portrayed as an easygoing buddy who loves everyone. While Vinny himself disliked him at first, he warmed up to Walrus later on.
  • Film Cow's "The Walrus Song" features a cute little walrus wearing a bow. The poor thing is traumatized when her owner suddenly reveals that he's been feeding her walrus meat.

    Western Animation 
  • The Mr. Magoo cartoon "Fuddy Duddy Buddy" has Magoo mistake a walrus from the zoo for his old friend Bottomley and take him out for a game of tennis. When a detective takes the walrus back, Magoo is at first disheartened at the revelation, but then decides that "I don't care if he is a walrus. I like him!" At the end, Magoo is having dinner with the walrus, while Bottomley has somehow taken the walrus' place in the zoo.
  • Noah's Island: The Problem Walrus is wise and serves as the Island's counsellor.
  • Zig-zagged with Lady Walrus from Sonic Boom. Most of the time, she is a bit of a snob, but is otherwise a good person, concerned for her baby's safety. She has done some morally ambiguous acts, but never on her own. When she acts more obnoxious than usual, it's mainly because all the townspeople are.
  • Rotor the Walrus from Sonic SatAM is a friendly Gadgeteer Genius and a huge help to the heroic Freedom Fighters.
  • Chumley the Walrus from Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales is the stalwart sidekick to the motivated penguin Tennessee. Though he speaks with a Simpleton Voice, he's remarkably competent once he's told what to do, and despite being among the largest characters in the series, he's very much a Gentle Giant.
  • In We Wish You A Merry Walrus, an animated Christmas special based on Club Penguin, the Merry Walrus is kind and generous, and is essentially the Funny Animal version of Santa Claus.


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