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AtarahDerek
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07:50:47 PM Jan 27th 2013
So, how precisely would this trope apply in the following situation?

Rattles is just looking out for himself, waiting for the next good meal and generally wanting to be left in peace. But then the Hero (who happens to be a fluffy hare) requests his help on a quest to save the prairie. At first Rattles refuses, but later he helps the Hero and his human friend on their quest, despite the human initially being scared of Rattles and thinking he was the antagonist. The human later thanks Rattles and leaves him alone. Later on, two of the antagonists—both humans—come along and chop Rattles' head off. Because reptiles are abhorrent (and he saved the Hero by scaring the bad guys off initially).
lu127
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09:50:25 AM Sep 17th 2012
This trope went through a second TRS visit here.
manhandled
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09:20:28 AM Aug 11th 2012
No real life examples? There's such for other similar tropes, like sharks.
Scardoll
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11:12:19 PM Apr 6th 2012
  • Mostly, The Elder Scrolls plays this trope straight. The very first game in the series, Arena, had Lizardmen among the Always Chaotic Evil creatures you had to fight. There's also the snake-like Tsaecsi from the continent of Akavir, which have a sinister reputation in the background lore (although this may just be a case of Fantastic Racism). Finally, some of the Daedra in the franchise are reptilian in appearance. The Argonian lizard-men vary, however, between games: While not portrayed all that positively in the lore, good-natured and helpful Argonians do exist.

First of all, how the hell do you "mostly play a trope straight"?

Second, I love this part: "The Argonian lizard-men vary, however, between games; While not portrayed all that positively in the lore, good-natured and helpful Argoonians do exist."

Like, you know, the fucking player character.
ArcadesSabboth
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12:37:50 PM Dec 15th 2011
Some of the examples (like the Egyptian Mythology one) come from settings where reptiles are not Always Chaotic Evil — they're just examples of particular reptile characters that happen to be evil. Do such examples really belong here?
Scardoll
11:10:41 PM Apr 6th 2012
No. This is about reptilian traits being associated with evil; if those same traits are on good character, they're not being used to represent evil.
Auxdarastrix
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04:26:36 AM Oct 14th 2011
edited by Auxdarastrix
As per this TRS thread we have been doing a major cleanup here. This isn't a place to gripe about tropes you don't like, to gush about animals you like, to argue with every example or to list a million and one "aversions".
noway
05:20:40 PM Feb 5th 2012
FYI, this is the Internet and people are free to type whatever the hell they want. Besides, there are people who like to gripe. And I'm you, I'd let them do that.
LoserTakesAll
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01:20:17 AM Dec 26th 2010
Removes this:

Because Mr. Mind changed from his cartoony caterpillar form into this. That ain't no snake, and still way more insect than reptile. (If the link is dead, imagine a centipede with oversized mandibles, glowing red eyes all over its body, and bat wings.)

SpookyMask
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05:59:57 AM Apr 9th 2010
edited by SpookyMask
Why do people keep adding turtles? I mean, unless they are EVIL, turtles are already considered 'cute'. I could understand it if they would be snapper turtles and looking like them, but still. Same thing about dragons...
69.131.26.126
12:12:35 PM May 30th 2010
edited by 69.131.26.126
Why do people abhor reptiles and love mammals?! I hate that because I love reptiles more than mammals.

Plus, I feel that those who like mammals more than reptiles are mindless sheep and total conformists. I'm not like that.

In my opinion, reptiles are the best animals there and mammals are abhorrent (but not all of them).
ATC
06:50:24 PM Mar 18th 2013
Agreed, my good sir.

Reptiles are awesome!
CelticKawaii
02:32:17 PM Aug 5th 2014
edited by 76.28.217.19
I feel that those who like mammals more than reptiles are mindless sheep and total conformists. I'm not like that. Well, way to be a rebel Mister Rebel McRebelton. Not that snakes and lizards aren't among the most underrated cuties in the animal kingdom, but still - sheep? Oh wait a second, I see what you did there.
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