Playing With / Seldom-Seen Species

Basic Trope: The use of animal species that are not commonly seen in fiction.
  • Straight: In a World of Funny Animals The main character is Hogan the Collared Peccary
  • Exaggerated: There's Hogan the Peccary, Gladys the Capybara, Norbert the Narwhal, Polly the Petrel, and many other seldom seen species.
  • Downplayed: The main character is Hogan the Koala.
  • Justified: The animals are owned by Bob, who collects exotic animals.
  • Inverted: None of the characters are recognisable as any specific animal species.
  • Subverted: Hogan is actually a pig that looks like a peccary.
  • Double Subverted: More specifically, Hogan is a pygmy hog.
  • Parodied: A zoologist encounters Hogan and isn't sure what he is.
  • Zig Zagged: Hogan is a pygmy hog disguised as a peccary. Later Quentin the Quoll is introduced.
  • Averted: All of the animals in the story are familiar to the average viewer.
  • Enforced: The writers want to educate the viewers about zoology.
  • Lampshaded: "I've never heard of a peccary before."
  • Invoked: A zookeeper buys peccaries to make his zoo more interesting.
  • Exploited: A zoologist uses the opportunity to collect data on little-known species.
  • Defied: Hogan tells everyone he's a pig to avoid confusion.
  • Discussed: "I wonder what kind of weird animals we'll meet."
  • Conversed: "Why does this show have such weird animals?"

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