12:21:35 AM Mar 18th 2016
I think a strong case can be made for eliminating the entire Real Life section. Most of the "examples" are aversions, and none of them are really straightforward real life examples of this trope, becuase this trope depends on a fictionalized portrayal of how nature works. Which is fine, tropes are tools, but this one isn't truth in television, ever. Are there any objections to axing it?
12:47:45 PM Jul 17th 2013
I certainly noticed this trope giving me a bit of a problem in one of my stories. The main cast has a different animal associated with them, and when they're overcome by the Sealed Abomination in a Hat (It Makes Sense in Context), they go into a kind of One-Winged Angel mode. Making a dog, cat (a la claws and fangs) or bird scary is easy enough, but the main character's theme is...bunnies. I considered giving her elements of less cute members of the 'rodent' family*, but really, other than the Hair-Raising Hare, how do you make a naturally shy, timid, herbivorous fluffy animal into Nightmare Fuel? It ties into What Measure Is a Non-Cute? (there are plenty of non-cute things about dogs (or wolves), cats and certain types of birds (attacking raptor birds and vultures, for instance), but...The Hero growing a giant pair of buck teeth would be more narm than scary.
04:46:12 PM Feb 11th 2012
Do Humanitarians count as a predator?